Trump pushes back on Haiti comment

Sunday, 14 Jan, 2018

Trump later denied using the vulgar phrase, but said he used "tough" language at the meeting.

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is the law that gave residency status to people who were brought to the country illegally. The term suggests dirty or very poor.

"This is not only hurtful, I think, to people of African origin in the United States, but certainly to African citizens", she said. The president met with Norway's prime minister Wednesday.

Trump's latest comments have sparked global outrage and have been widely condemned as racist and extremely offensive.

El Salvador's foreign ministry said the United States president had "implicitly" accepted the use of "harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries". The details of the proposal have not been publicised, but the President said: "The so-called bipartisan DACA deal. was a big step backwards".

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue said they did not hear the president's racist remark. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

Durbin, a key negotiator in DACA talks, recounted the meeting on MSNBC Friday, saying, "He said, 'Haitians". Center for Non-Violent Social Change spoke with CNN on Friday.

Friday morning, Donald Trump took to twitter to dispute a Washington Post story which says the President used obscene language to describe Haiti, El Salvador, and a number of African countries as a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled an immigration measure.

"I have seen the comments in the press, I have not read one of them that's inaccurate", Durbin told reporters in Chicago.

Hugo Martinez, El Salvador's foreign minister, called on the US government to confirm or deny Trump's statements.

Some African governments found themselves in a hard position. Ben Cardin said the president's "comments don't represent America's values".

"For once, we are all on the same page", an ambassador told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

Sylvester Odion Akhaine teaches worldwide relations at the Lagos State University in Nigeria. "Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE [R-Wis.], who in my opinion, have been less and less vocal as time has progressed in denouncing Donald's behavior", he said.

His comments drew a chorus of condemnation inside the United States and internationally, especially in Africa. "There is no other word you can use but "racist".

Correspondent Doug McKelway examines the current USA immigration policy and obstacles top reform.

Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, that has protected them from deportation following the 2010 natural disaster, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month. But Democrats were not the only ones objected.

In the House, Republicans have enough members to pass GOP-only legislation but the party's far-right wing has a lengthy list of demands that could make moderate members squeamish.

Another Republican, Representative Mia Love of Utah, is a child of Haitian immigrants.

"The USA we know is one that was built with blood and sweat of African slaves and immigrants from all over". And she called on Trump to apologize to the American people. The statement also noted that the president wanted immigrants who "contribute" and can "assimilate". We urge you to stand up for justice and quality in this country.