United States diplomats briefed on how to handle 'shithole' storm

Interestingly, this comes after he reportedly referred to the immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as "s--holes", in an immigration meeting at the White House earlier.

Reports of the president's language referring to people of colour from the other countries drew criticism from United States lawmakers of both major parties and critics overseas who said they could not be described as anything but racist.

"Like all Americans who embrace decency and the values of diversity and inclusion, and who celebrate what made America great in the first place, I'm appalled by these latest comments of President Donald Trump regarding Haitians and people of African nations", Pugh said in a statement. Trump has denied using the phrase.

The Botswanan government condemned President Donald Trump's purported remarks referring to African countries "shitholes", prompting some viewers to question whether a statement ostensibly issued by that country and spread via social media was real. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.

Trump took to Twitter on Friday to deny using the vulgar term during a White House meeting Thursday on immigration.

"We sent guidance to our folks and told them that we must reiterate that we have great respect for the people of Africa and all nations, and our commitment remains strong", he said.

"He said these hate-filled things", Durbin said Friday, "and he said them repeatedly".

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Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" after triggering global outrage. The vast damage that the 7.0-magnitude quake caused to the island's infrastructure and economy led to the designation for Haitians of a USA immigration protection known as Temporary Protected Status.

African anger about Trump's comments, made during a White House meeting on immigration, could impact USA companies doing business in one of the world's fastest growing regions and complicate the Pentagon's counterterrorism efforts and security cooperation on the continent, diplomats and analysts said. "It puts a new kind of pressure on moderate Republicans in particular to think differently about what steps they take next", said Mary Giovagnoli, a former senior official on immigration policy in the Obama administration.

The U.S. president reportedly made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday.

Jackson is expected to brief reporters in more detail on Tuesday at the White House. Many advocates said the comments shed light on why the Trump administration last fall stripped Haitians of Temporary Protected Status - specialized protection granted to people from countries experiencing significant turmoil - in which it would be unsafe for its citizens to return.

Trump has called himself the "least racist person that you've ever met". Haitians who come to the United States add to the country's glory, he insisted.

"Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Trump's comments were "completely unacceptable", telling WPLG-TV in Miami that "if that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it".

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