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Botswana demands clarification on Trump's 'shithole' remarks; Summon US ambassador

Botswana demands clarification on Trump's 'shithole' remarks; Summon US ambassador
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2018, 15:17

The White House has not denied the language, nor have the several Republican lawmakers in the meeting.

CNN news host Anderson Cooper has hit out at President Trump in an emotional speech in defence of Haiti after reports Trump questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from "s***hole countries" in Africa.

While demanding a "retraction and an apology" from Trump, the 54 countries also thanked those Americans "from all walks of life who have condemned the remarks".

"This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity". Trump's alleged comments came one day before the eighth anniversary of the quake.

In a tweet on Friday, Trump denied using the word "shithole", but Durbin insisted that the president had indeed said it.

Trump predicted earlier in the week that the exam would "go very well" and he'd be "very surprised if it doesn't".

"For once, we are all on the same page", an ambassador told the Agence France-Presse news agency. "It was a heartbreaking moment". Mr Durbin told reporters in Chicago.

In a series of tweets, Trump said: "The language used by me at the DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

Two Republican Senators, Tom Cotton (AR) and David Purdue (GA), claim they do not recall those comments. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Durbin and Flake - are unknown.

President Donald Trump has slammed a bipartisan immigration deal proposed by six senators to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants in the United States, calling it a big step backward. "This is for anyone who may be taken aback by my comments: I don't really care if you are". More than 50,000 Haitian TPS recipients live in South Florida, which is home to the largest concentration of Haitians in the nation.

But instead of asking about his health, questions like "Mr. President are you a racist?", rang throughout the White House.

In Haiti, President Jovenel Moise's government issued a strongly worded statement denouncing what it called a "racist" view of Haitian immigrants and people from African countries.

Samantha Power, who served as USA ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama, shared the ambassadors' statement on Twitter.