Africans 'alarmed' by Trump's comments about their continent

Postado Janeiro 14, 2018

The criticisms were a part of a worldwide outcry against Trump's remarks, which the president denied saying at a private meeting with lawmakers in the White House on Thursday.

A year earlier, Bornstein said in a December 2015 letter: "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".

Facing strong condemnation at home and overseas, US President Donald Trump on Friday denied using the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries.

The New York Times reported the same comment, citing unnamed people with direct knowledge of the meeting.

"We can solve the DACA issue, but we've got to have some structural changes to how people come into the country", Senator Perdue said in the TV interview.

Trump asked the group. Alexander Hamilton said that the Louisiana Purchase would have never happened were it not for the "courage and obstinate resistance of the black inhabitants" of Haiti.

"Today, like many of my fellow Haitians and Haitian-Americans, I planned to mourn the dead".

Mr. Clinton's post reads: "Eight years ago today in Haiti, the quake claimed more than 220,000 lives".

Akufo-Addo's comments follow a strongly worded African Union statement on Friday and a demand from African ambassadors at the United Nations for a retraction and an apology. Former senior USA diplomat Nicholas Burns tweeted that the "damage overseas from Trump's ignorant and racist remarks can't be exaggerated". Lindsey Graham, who was also at the meeting, seemed to confirm that report in a statement in which he said "following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".

Trump's reported use of the phrase has been roundly condemned with the Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, saying: "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes".

"If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States".

Editor's note: Contains vulgar language.

Namibia on Saturday added its voice to the chorus of complaints, saying the president's language had "no place in diplomatic discourse" and was "contrary to the norms of civility and human progress".

Critics of the president, including some in his own Republican Party, attacked the vulgar comments he made behind closed doors. The proposal Graham and Durbin brought included restrictions on what conservatives call chain migration but only for relatives of DACA recipients.

Durbin said Friday that he had hoped for White House approval of the bipartisan deal.

Democrats are demanding protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in exchange for border security funding that could include money for Trump's promised border wall.

The U.S. Congress just passed a historically unpopular tax bill which overwhelmingly benefits the super-wealthy, but they can not pass gun control legislation favored by 94% of Americans or protections for DREAMers favored by 76% of Americans.

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has previously said the future of the Dreamers should not be used as a bargaining chip to negotiate restrictive immigration measures. Moore said that some of the people he represents in his capacity as a PR agent, such as megachurch pastor Paula White and radio host James Dobson, would not be commenting on the matter.

Trump ignored shouted questions about his comments as he signed a proclamation Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

In a statement after Trump's comments were first reported, the White House did not deny them.

Democrats seized on Trump's latest slur to suggest he is anti-immigrant or worse.

Haiti's ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, said on Friday the president's reported remarks were particularly unwelcome coming on the eighth anniversary of the natural disaster which killed more than 200,000 people on the Caribbean island.