Haitian-Americans in South Florida outraged by president's alleged remark

"Other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country", he posted on Twitter. "Why do we want all these people from s--hole countries?"

For influential Norwegian commentator Andreas Wiese, Trump's comments were "proof of his racism". The White House denied Trump ever uttered those words. The newspaper also repeated the claim first reported in a New York Times story in December that Trump had said once Nigerians immigrants had seen America, they would never "go back to their huts".

He doesn't deny that Trump possibly used the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and Africa, but he believes it's been taken out of context.

Trump blasted the proposal as "a big step backwards" and said it didn't provide enough funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, a key campaign promise Trump made in 2016.

Reports also indicate Trump said he believes the United States should have more people coming in from countries like Norway, which makes up less than one-tenth of one percent of Connecticut's immigrants with 544 people.

"I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency", Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said in a tweet. And to this day, as I'm talking to you, we have Haitians in universities who are professors here.

The president implied Friday morning on Twitter that maybe he should start recording meetings because there is no trust. In an editorial, the local Daily Maverick called the comments "a new low", adding, "Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate". The senator spoke with reporters on Friday in Chicago, Illinois. The president made the remarks on Thursday during a White House meeting with lawmakers and suggested immigrants from Norway would be preferable.

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

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In Geneva, a spokesman for the U.N. Human Rights Council also condemned the comments as racist.

"As Senator [Lindsey] Graham [of South Carolina] made his presentation, the president interrupted him several times with questions and in the course of his comments said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist".

Some African governments found themselves in a hard position.

At a forum Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ryan, R-Wis., said, "We just have to get it done".

Sylvester Odion Akhaine teaches global relations at the Lagos State University in Nigeria. Ben Cardin said Trump's "comments do not represent America's values".

The AU's mission in Washington expressed its "infuriation, disappointment and outrage" at the comment and demanded a retraction as well as an apology. I use those words advisedly, I understand how powerful they are. And the P-G was recently criticized for an editorial supporting U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent directive on enforcement of federal marijuana laws.

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. But Democrats were not the only ones objected.

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