Trump says program protecting young immigrants 'probably dead'

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has rejected allegations of racism days after he reportedly called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations "shithole countries", drawing worldwide condemnation.

Mr Trump has been accused of using the word "shithole" to describe African countries during an Oval Office meeting last week with a bipartisan group of six senators.

Trump denied making the disparaging remarks on Friday, although US Senator Richard Durbin, who was in the White House meeting, said the president had used the term.

According to USA media reports, citing people with knowledge of the conversation, Trump asked during a conversation about immigration: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" "No No I'm not a racist".

"We're well-regarded, and this incident, I think, is going to have some consequences for us, at least in the short-term", Dent said.

She also suggested that if a more diverse group of lawmakers were in the room at the time, Trump may not have made the same comments, pointing to backlash from other Republicans like Rep. Durbin has said repeatedly. Sen.

The African Union, which represents African countries, as well as African ambassadors to the United Nations, has called on Trump to apologize for the reported comments.

Ivana Trump, who has three children with the President - Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric - said his use of Twitter was "actually not bad" as the media "change everything you say".

Other reporters are now confirming Trump may have said "shithouse" not "shithole". He followed up by asking a black reporter whether she was friends with the members of the Congressional Black Caucus and if she could set up a meeting. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, issued a joint statement, saying they did "not recall the president saying those comments specifically".

Mr Trump also said in the meeting that he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.

Trump ended the program and finding a legislative solution is a key issue in negotiations between the White House and congressional Democrats on immigration policy.

DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, which allows an estimated 800,000 people, mostly from Mexico and Central and South American countries, to remain legally in the US. "I am not a racist". "They were not made", Trump said Sunday night in Florida.

Haitians reacted with outrage Friday to reports of Mr Trump's remarks. He's said he has "a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

"The AU strongly believes there is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and its peoples by the US Administration", the AU statement read. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!", Trump said.

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