Trump disparages African countries, Haiti with vulgarity

President Donald Trump indicated that talks on creating a legislative fix for a program that helps undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children stay in the country have fallen apart after Democrats accused the president of saying a vulgar word about Haiti and other countries during a closed-door meeting, suggesting the country wants particular types of immigrants and not others. In a statement, White House spokesman Raj Shah said Trump is "fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation".

In a series of tweets on Friday morning, Trump said the language used by him at the meeting was "tough, but this was not the language used", stressing that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians".

With Friday being the eight year anniversary of the catastrophic quake in Haiti, Jacques says it brings the conversation full circle - knowing many link those images of destruction and devastation, labeling the country, but he says it won't limit them. "That is all I have to say", Kenyan entrepreneur Wangui Muraguri told the AP in response to Trump. "The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday".

Trump's choice of words also revealed a deeper and more substantive truth about how the president views - and misunderstands - America's unique relationship with its immigrants. He then suggested that the USA bring more people from countries like Norway. But to some of us, the mainstream media's treatment of these words as the sort of thing that merited a raised eyebrow and a shrug only underscored a harsh reality: more people in America thought just like Trump than the mostly-white media elite knew, and he was exploiting it.

The president tweeted Friday, insisting "this was not the language used".

Yet there's no doubt that the episode has added new fuel to the charges of racism that have dogged Trump for years, since long before he assumed the presidency.

Trump took particular issue with the idea, explained by Durbin of IL, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, that as part of the deal people who fled to the US after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti, would be allowed to stay. "He's president of the United States". In 1924, a set of laws was passed that set quotas limiting the number of people admitted to this country based on where they came from, with a goal of preserving the United States' ethnic homogeneity. How many examples do you need of this?

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Some Nigerians however did not hold back, with many on Twitter saying their country was a "s***hole", but that it was "our s***hole" to criticise.

Others said they thought Trump had a point, in a way.

"It is thanks to our African leaders that we are insulted that way", she said.

The White House meeting on immigration included a bipartisan group of senators.

Trump's latest comments also provided ample fodder for talkshow hosts.

The African Union continental body told The Associated Press it was "frankly alarmed" by Trump's comments.

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