Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo today said US President Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "sh**hole countries" was unacceptable, while his predecessor branded the US head of state a racist.
The remarks, which where confirmed by Sen.
Democrats have dismissed Trump's denial of the offensive comments, with Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the meeting, disputing Trump's account. Trump also reportedly suggested the US should take immigrants from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with the previous day.
He acknowledged using some "tough language but denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
His administration late past year announced it would end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti, potentially forcing tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants to either leave the U.S. or live in the shadows.
Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin, who is of Haitian ancestry, said Friday that Trump is misinformed about the island nation, the first independent country founded by freed slaves.
A UN Human Rights spokesman criticised Mr Trump's reported comments as "shocking and shameful". That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from 'shitholes.' The exact word used by the President.
Jackson is expected to brief reporters in more detail on Tuesday at the White House.
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"We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful". Instead of showing contrition, he equivocated: admitting to "tough" language but belatedly denying use of the derogatory word. Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings said, "I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the presidency".
Some believe the president's most recent comments may have made a deal almost impossible. Trump asked why the U.S. needed more people from Haiti and Africa.
Richard Durbin claimed Trump referred to Haiti and the African continent as a "s**thole", prompting critics to label the president a racist. Ben Cardin said Trump's "comments do not represent America's values". And he said there were "very fine people on both sides" after deadly violence at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville.
DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation. "Nothing that Donald Trump says can change that". The President wants funding for his election promise of building a wall on the U.S.'s southern border as part of any legislation on immigration reform.