In the same meeting he is said to have alleged that all Haitian immigrants had AIDS.
The African Union is demanding an apology from President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE after his vulgar remarks that the United States should not accept immigrants from "shithole" countries. The White House did not deny the comment.
New York's Haitian community honored the eighth anniversary of the natural disaster that devastated their country Friday - and denounced President Trump's remark that the island nation was "a shithole". Trump said, people briefed on the meeting told The Washington Post.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", he tweeted.
He said the bill was a step backwards because it would force the United States "to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".
As he campaigned for president in 2016, Trump told Haitian-Americans in Miami that they were "amazing people" who add "so much to our country".
He added: "When the question was asked about Haitians ... he said, 'Haitians?"
Trump has been seeking to end temporary protection status of people from certain countries.
"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said Rupert Coleville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"He will always reject temporary, weak and unsafe 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 in response to a question.
"Given the historical reality of how African Americans arrived in the United States as slaves, and the United States being the biggest example of how a nation has been built by migration - for a statement like that to come is particularly upsetting", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said. But, now thanks in no small part to President Trump, we get to have real national conversations - passionate, messy, even angry ones - all the time.
According to a press statement released by the Botswana government on Thursday, Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation summoned the US Ambassador to Botswana to express its displeasure at the utterances made by Trump.
Trump was widely derided previous year after twice referring to Namibia as "Nambia". It says that unlike citizens of most other countries, we define ourselves by adherence to a core set of ideas, not by race or ethnicity or family history.
Many Africans reminded the U.S. of its historic role in the continent's woes. Decades after Wilson left office, President Richard Nixon made inflammatory comments about blacks, Jews and others in private discussions, including saying, "Do you know maybe one black country that's well run?"
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