As worldwide outrage grows after President Donald Trump reportedly referred to African nations as "shithole countries", the president of the NAACP slammed Trump on Friday evening over the reported remarks, outright calling the President of the United States "a racist".
President Donald Trump has expressed frustration over efforts of some United States lawmakers to protect immigrants from Haiti and African countries, asking why America should accept citizens from "s***thole" countries, triggering protests.
Trump reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from "shithole countries", after lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.
Trump denied the language but confirmed the message in an early-Friday tweet: "The language used by me at the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".
White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny the comments were made, but said: "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people".
Durbin is part of a bipartisan group of six senators who announced Thursday the framework of a compromise on immigration.
Two months before the November 2016 election, Mr Trump released a five-paragraph letter from his longtime physician, Dr Harold Bornstein, who concluded that Mr Trump "is in excellent physical health".
The body has since issued a statement calling for the USA leader to apologise for the remarks.
In their statement, the African ambassadors said they were concerned "about the continuing and growing trend from the U.S. administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color".
Akinwumi A. Adesina - the President of African Development Bank came out emotional to comment on President Trump's statement.
President Donald Trump's vulgar remark disparaging Haitians and African countries didn't surprise a local scholar who teaches at Winston-Salem State University.
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The outcry over Trump's remarks dominated news coverage on Friday and has complicated efforts to reach a deal on immigration.
Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" monologue also took on Trump's latest controversy. The president did not support their plan but the "Gang of Six" said they were planning to promote their plan to colleagues in the Senate to get more support. "Great opportunity missed. Too bad!"
Graham, who attended the meeting where Trump was said to have used the profanity, did not confirm it in his remarks. "I expect that our assistance programmes would continue pretty much as they are", Jackson told Joy News.
Several other African officials had expressed shock of trump remarks. "Some of their own leaders have taken advantage of them", she said.
"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", the senator said. "Certainly journalists don't talk that way". Perhaps the least racist. I want safety and security for our people.