Amid global outrage, Trump denies 'shithole' remarks

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United States diplomats around the world were summoned for formal reproach and to explain Mr Trump's comment.

Trump has called himself the "least racist person that you've ever met". The White House has not denied the language, nor have the several Republican lawmakers in the meeting.

"Mr. President, are you a racist?"

He did not answer as he hurriedly left the room. I believe it is vitally important to come to a bipartisan solution to the immigration and border challenges we face today. Trump during the session with members of Congress reportedly questioned why the US should accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa instead of from nations such as Norway.

As is typical following Trump's customary inflammatory comments, the reaction was swift.

"The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel". "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" he said in one of the tweets.

On Friday (local time) the President tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haiti aside from noting it's a poor country.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Friday that Trump's slur about Africa was "very unfortunate, unhelpful". Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust! Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told him that the words reportedly used by Trump were accurate.

Durbin said "shitholes" was "the exact word used by the president not just once but repeatedly".

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Donald Trump's least presidential moments so far. "I can't understand how someone goes from making a statement in Little Haiti saying "I want to be the biggest champion of Haiti" to calling Haiti a 'shithole.' It makes me sick". "The president of the United States said it, so you do have to deal with it".

Ryan said his ancestors were Irish and 'were really looked down upon.' He called immigration 'a attractive story of America ' and said Africans in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, are 'incredible citizens'.

Additional reports also suggest Trump made the racist remarks and tried to limit the damage.

"In our family, we know Africa as a attractive place full of nice people; just like people here".

Yesterday, President Donald Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "shithole countries".

The U.S. embassy in Haiti, in a Twitter post on Friday, said "we remember and honor the many lives lost 8 years ago in Haiti", in reference to the quake.

"It shows a lack of respect and ignorance never seen before in the recent history of the USA by any President", Mr Lamothe tweeted. A spokesman for the AU said, "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".

"This behaviour is unacceptable from the leader of our nation", Ms Love said in a statement.

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