How right-wing people are defending Trump's indefensible 'shithole' remarks

An alleged description of African and other countries as "shitholes" by Donald Trump prompted outrage on Friday, even as the USA president appeared to deny having used the specific term.

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Despite the back and forth regarding Trump's reported remarks, several lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have decried the language and condemned the comments. He called immigration "a attractive story of America " and said Africans in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, are "incredible citizens". Trump questioned at a White House meeting Thursday why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa than from places like Norway. The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society".

'I was very proud of him.

"Why are we having all these people from sh-hole countries come here?"

"The language used by me at the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", he said.

"I haven't seen anyone so brazenly institutionalizing bigotry and racism", said Leo Mulbah, former president of the Liberian Community of Georgia.

Trump's comments are extremely offensive to South Africa, said Jessie Duarte, a senior official with the ruling African National Congress.

The doctor who oversaw 71-year-old President Trump's first formal physical Friday said the commander-in-chief is in "excellent health". Tim Scott to speak out against Trump's "vile and racist language" he allegedly used in referring to Haiti and African nations, according to a press release from the group.

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"We are the ones who defeated slavery and freed ourselves in 1804", Aubry said, remarking that until the 1960s black people in the United States were subject to legal segregation from whites.

While Kalondo said the comments were "clearly" racist, she didn't believe they indicated a shift in the USA stance towards Africa. "That respect must be reciprocated by us towards others-individuals, countries and cultures", he wrote.

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Mr Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Haitians? Do we need more Hatians?"'

Haitian Ambassador to the U.S. Paul Altidor sounded pained when speaking to NPR on Friday morning, saying it was "quite regrettable" that instead of speaking about the country's recovery efforts, he'd been summoned to comment on "something that is quite sad today".

Almost a year into Trump's presidency, members of Congress are still struggling to relate to the unorthodox Trump and his spontaneous, often crude remarks.

- There's an estimated 36,000 Haitians living in Central Florida and they're reacting to President Trump's comments about their country.

"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. Win tweeted, "Trump's comments about Haiti reflect nothing on the incredible country, and only on his own racism and xenophobia".

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