On earthquake anniversary, Miami Haitians call Trump 'racist' for 'shithole' remark

Mr Trump's reported remarks sparked fury and disbelief

After Trump was asked at Thursday's White House meeting if the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa, the president reportedly questioned why people from "s***hole countries" are coming to America.

He was referring to comments reportedly made by Trump during a meeting on Thursday with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the United States should accept citizens from "shithole" countries.

Trump tweeted Friday that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians" and praised his relationship with people from the country.

In a tweet, Mr Trump indicated he had not used the vulgar term to describe immigrants from Africa and other regions: "the language used by me. was tough, but this was not the language used", he tweeted.

A civil rights icon who also served as Ambassador to the United Nations spoke to News 4 about disparaging comments President Donald Trump reportedly made about Haiti and African countries.

Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.

In a series of tweets yesterday, Mr Trump also suggested that momentum towards a deal on maintaining such protection had stalled.

"But they have no confirmation yet", Saati said.

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Durbin, the second-highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate, described the president's words as "hateful, vile and racist".

Trump previously told Haitian-Americans: "I really want to be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion", while he was campaigning past year in Miami's Little Haiti.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" "There is no other word you can use but "racist".

In a statement it said it had asked the USA government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there.

The president implied Friday morning on Twitter that maybe he should start recording meetings because there is no trust. He pointed to Trump's 2015 comments on Mexican immigrants, who Trump said are "rapists" and bringing drugs and crimes to the U.S.

"He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly", Durbin told reporters on Friday. "I want to see the tape".

After President Trump proved once again that he thinks People of Color are less than by calling Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations "shitholes," CNN journalist Don Lemon refused to dance around the subject.

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