African anger about Trump's comments, made during a White House meeting on immigration, could impact U.S. companies doing business in one of the world's fastest growing regions and complicate the Pentagon's counterterrorism efforts and security cooperation on the continent, diplomats and analysts said.
In his meeting with a group of senators, Trump had questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s**thole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and others who had been briefed on the remarkable Oval Office conversation.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!'
The White House has dismissed questions about Trump's mental fitness, calling them "disgraceful and laughable". I have not read one of them that's inaccurate.
Trump's response Friday morning was particularly notable after White House spokesperson Raj Shah did not deny the "s***hole" remark on Thursday evening. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, issued a joint statement, saying they did "not recall the president saying those comments specifically".
"It is not true", said Durbin, who was one of the lawmakers at the Oval Office meeting.
Amie Mdoob, a Wichita business owner, says she and many other African immigrants in the city have worked hard to be productive and contribute to their country. "When it came to the issue of 'chain migration, ' I said to the president, 'Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?' African Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains. Do we need more Haitians?'" Durbin recounted, NBC News reported. During a speech to African leaders last fall, he referred to the non-existent country of "Nambia" when attempting to discuss Namibia.
"It's not a shock to anyone anymore", said Robillard, 49, who was born in Haiti but moved to South Florida in 2000. "If he can dare to do that, I would be proud on that day that our president honored Dr. King by not doing things that are offensive".
However Trump later insisted that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
Rep. Al Green (D-Tx.), who previously introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump, said in a tweet that "Congressional condemnation of racist bigotry is not enough" and stated that he would once again force a vote on the House floor to impeach Trump.
"Never said take them out". "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", Trump tweeted.
"Without performing an evaluation of this kind, President Trump would be receiving care that is inadequate to the standard care regularly administered to millions of Americans covered by Medicare", the letter argues.
Aaron Offe, 34, an immigrant from Ghana who now lives in the Bronx said Trump has not only hurt America's standing in the world but also deepened racial divides within the U.S. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"