Haitians mark anniversary of quake after Trump comments

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In a statement it said it had asked the us government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there.

On Friday, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), who was in the meeting where Trump referred to "shithole countries", said Trump made the "hate-filled, vile, and racist" remarks that have been attributed to him.

Trump, who reportedly made the comment during a meeting with legislators Thursday on immigration reform, drew charges of racism. When Trump previous year ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - known as DACA - he challenged Congress to come up with a permanent fix by March 5.

African politicians and diplomats labelled U.S. President Donald Trump a racist on Friday after he was reported to have described some immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from "shithole" countries.

Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara said that Mr Trump's words were nothing new.

"Frankly, the words we're talking about say this is somebody who thinks white people are better than other people", McWhorter continued.

Trump also denied saying "anything derogatory" about Haitians. Made up by Dems.

Speaking to Xinhua, Abebe Ayente, senior researcher at Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies (EFRSS), a local think tank, said the comments will further reduce the influence of United States on the global stage.

Clinton piled on, bringing up the anniversary of the devastating quake that struck Haiti in 2010 and using it as a club to hit at her former rival.

"The African Union mission to the United Nations is extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks attributed to the USA president as widely reported by the media", Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Ghana's ambassador to the United Nations, said on Friday.

El Salvador slammed them as "deplorable".

Trump denies using the term.

USA missions went into damage control mode.

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The 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks last Friday, while a statement from ambassadors of all countries from the continent at the United Nations demanded a retraction and apology.

Trump's language triggered a barrage of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. As top recipients of USA aid, some hesitated to jeopardize it by criticizing Trump, especially as his administration has sought to slash foreign assistance.

"We have to show the world that this president does not represent the feelings of most of the American people", they said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg had visited the White House and was praised by Trump for running a trade deficit with the United States and for buying USA military equipment.

President Donald Trump gestures as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, to travel to Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Members of his own Republican party have also distanced themselves from Trump's comments.

Mia Love, a Utah congresswoman of Haitian descent, called them "unkind" and "divisive" while South Carolina's Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, said if Trump really did use those words, it would be "disappointing".

However Juba businesswoman Jenny Jore, 31, told AFP that Trump's remarks were "on point".

The Trump administration has announced its intention to end temporary protections for Salvadorans and Haitians who have lived in the US since natural disasters in their countries more than a decade ago, as well as President Obama's deportation relief for people brought to the USA illegally as children.

Karl Racin, who is Haitian-American, told As It Happens host Carol Off he's had enough of Trump's racist rhetoric - and his risky anti-immigration policies.

Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez called Trump "a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution".

"The only thing that would attract me to emigrate to the U.S. is your vibrant multicultural society".

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