Queens leaders condemn Trump's reported comments on African and Haitian immigrants

But Democratic Senator Dick Durbin who was reportedly at the meeting said the United States president used "shitholes" in the context of African countries.

House Speaker Paul Ryan joined politicians from both parties who were critical of the president following the remark, made Thursday during a meeting on immigration policy at the White House. Trump said all of the immigrants who came to the United States from Haiti "all have AIDS", and those from Nigeria would never "go back to their huts" after seeing the United States, according to the Times.

Trump took particular issue with the idea that people who'd fled to the USA after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti would be allowed to stay as part of the deal, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly describe the discussion.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, was also in the meeting, but would not comment on the president's reported slur. While the president denies the wording of the comments, lawmakers who were inside the meeting insist he said them.

Jacquet is a Haitian immigrant reacting to words President Donald Trump used in referring to her home country in a derogatory manner. The huge damage that the 7.0-magnitude quake caused to the island's infrastructure and economy led to the designation for Haitians of a US immigration protection known as Temporary Protected Status.

That's when Durbin says the President interrupted. Trump wrote, "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

"I believe he lost his temper and said it", Jacquet said. "Join us", the former Los Angeles mayor said on Twitter.

A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights termed the statement "shocking and shameful" and "racist", while African countries raised strong protests. "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist".

"Why don't I believe him?"

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Durbin said, "We have seven days and the clock is ticking".

The president implied Friday morning on Twitter that maybe he should start recording meetings because there is no trust.

Botswana also said it had summoned the United States ambassador to that country, Earl Miller, to "express its displeasure" and had asked Miller whether Botswana "is regarded as a "s**thole" country".

Those are the question asked today inside the White House during an event to honor Martin Luther King, Junior.

"And he said them repeatedly".

"I can not believe that in the history of the Oval Office any president has spoken the words that I have personally heard the President speak yesterday", said Durbin, clearly appalled. Day, which is Monday.

His comments on Thursday also threatened to further imperil immigration talks aimed at extending protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally.

"When we started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bi-partisan major, that's when he used his vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from "shitholes".

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