Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Senator: Lindsey Graham objected to President Trump's comments on African countries

Senator: Lindsey Graham objected to President Trump's comments on African countries

However, US Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said on Friday Trump did use "vile, vulgar language, including 's***hole, '" in the meeting with lawmakers on Thursday.

So was Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of IL, who told reporters separately on Friday morning that Graham stood up to the president after he reportedly made derogatory comments about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, and wondered aloud why the United States couldn't attract more immigrants from predominantly-white Norway.

US President Donald Trump on Friday (Jan 12) implied that he did not describe African nations and Haiti as "shithole countries" during a meeting with legislators over immigration.

According to The Washington Post, the president grew frustrated after a group of bipartisan senators proposed a compromise that would protect DACA immigrants and also strengthen boarder patrol.

Trump said, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?" "Bigotry should have no place at the White House". Asked about the remarks Thursday, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny them.

"He will always reject temporary, weak and risky stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway", Shah said.

The first wave of sharp criticism came from both Republican and Democrat lawmakers. Trump's comments call into question whether moderate Republicans can really pull Trump to the center on immigration at all. "This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation".

"If these comments are the President's words they are disappointing to say the least", said Scott, the only Republican African-American senator, in a news release.

"I can not imagine that in the history of [the Oval Office], that hallowed room, where the president of the United States goes to work every day, there has ever been a conversation quite like that. Take them out", according to one source.

Clinton unsuccessfully faced off against Trump as his Democratic opponent during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump did not acknowledge his previous comments at the signing and ignored shouted questions from reporters on the topic..

The African Union, which represents all 55 African nations, said it was "frankly alarmed". "America's greatness is self-evident, we do not need to tear down other nations".

The controversial remarks have already prompted an angry response from other countries, Haiti, which reportedly summoned U.S. officials for an explanation.

The Associated Press reported Friday that the Haitian government condemned Trump's reported migration comment as a "racist view of the Haitian community".

"These are shocking and shameful", OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville said.

Considering that the majority of Norway's citizens are white, and the countries Trump referred to as shitholes are largely populated by people of color, many considered Trump's remarks blatantly racist.

Such remarks from the USA president could "potentially damage and disrupt the lives of many people", Colville said.

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