Murkowski: Trump comments "don't reflect who we are as a country"

She also said that Trump's "racist comment and divisive tactics" showed he was a "hopeless liar".

"As a human, when people say that, I don't think that's what we expect from the President of the United States to talk about another ethnicity".

Haitians on the island and across the United States, where more than 600,000 Haitians live, offered prayers at ceremonies for those who were killed by the 7.0 magnitude natural disaster that struck on January 12, 2010.

But Trump and his advisers notably did not dispute the most controversial of his remarks: using the word "shithole" to describe African nations and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.

Trump during the session with members of Congress reportedly questioned why the USA should accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa instead of from nations such as Norway.

"We have pity on (Trump) for his ignorance of what the Haitian people, the emancipated slaves, brought to humanity in terms of the experience and the determination to fight for freedom", said Gabriel Fortune, mayor of the southern city of Les Cayes. Made up by Dems.

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. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

Durbin told reporters in Chicago on Friday that he had reached out to the White House two hours earlier, had spoken with the president and asked him to consider the compromise plan he and five senators - three Democrats and three Republicans - had come up with to "save the Dreamers and help their families". But I can not believe in the history of the White House in that office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.

The 55-nation African Union said it was "frankly alarmed".

"We were planning to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the natural disaster".

The government in Botswana called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist".

"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday". It's not how a president should behave.

And so the more the president reveals himself, however horrific it is to our ears, the more that federal courts are armed with the kind of evidence necessary to strike down his laws.

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Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt had earlier tweeted that, judging by Solberg's visit, "keys to success with Trump are personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the United States and buying tons of U.S. military hardware".

Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, called the White House to tell Trump that a bipartisan group of senators had struck a deal to put Dreamers on a path to citizenship, beef up border security and take other steps to change immigration laws.

"When we see fundamental indecency and immorality, especially in high places, we need to stand up and SAY SOMETHING", he tweeted. We have Haitians taking care of the American elderly.

This makes chain migration the largest driver of immigration to the US - making up more than 70 percent - with every two new immigrants bringing seven foreign relatives with them.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the vulgar language was "very unfortunate, unhelpful". I was very proud of him, it took courage for what he did.

Ryan recalled his own family history of emigrating to the United States from Ireland. "But you know what I thought of right away?" I support the President's push for merit based immigration as well as resolving the DACA situation once and for all.

"The comments - if accurate - regarding Haiti and Africa are wrong".

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who wasn't in the meeting, in a tweet called the president's remarks, "Breathtakingly offensive".

Graham continued: 'The American ideal is embraced by people all over the globe.

Vice President Joe Biden too felt compelled to challenge President Trump for his racist rhetoric saying 'We're better than this'.

John Feeley (56), a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, announced his resignation in a letter to the state department.

In a meeting last fall, the president apparently said that a female intelligence expert should be assisting the its negotiations with North Korea purely because of her Korean heritage, NBC News reported.

"My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honour-bound to resign".

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