Cuba condemns Trump's "racist" statements on Haiti, El Salvador

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"And he said them repeatedly".

Trump insisted he did not use the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries.

Former President Bill Clinton, right, is seen in this 2013 file photo with Haiti's former President Michel Martelly at a memorial service remembering the lives lost in the January 2010 natural disaster. Instead, she said, the country has been subjected to Trump's ire. "... they and their homelands deserve our respect and gratitude".

Trump took particular issue with the idea that people who had 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.

"Today, as we come together to honour Dr. King, we know that America is stronger, more just, and more free because of his life and work", Trump said, Efe news reported.

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The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt they help the United States economically.

"Why are we having all these people from s--hole countries come here?" the president allegedly said.

Trump's reference to Norway may have been prompted by Prime Minister Erna Solberg who visited the White House on Wednesday when the president praised Norway for running a trade deficit with the United States and for buying USA military equipment.

The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.

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.

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The US leader made the alleged remark in a Thursday meeting on immigration.

Botswana said it had summoned the U.S. ambassador to that country to "express its displeasure" and had asked him whether Botswana "is regarded as a "sh**hole" country".

"The language used by me at the Daca meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump wrote in a series of tweets, referring to the program to protect young undocumented immigrants who were illegally brought into the country as children.

Labossiere was among Haitians and Africans in the Bay Area and around the world who swiftly called Trump out for his comments, calling them blatantly racist.

As President Trump has cracked down on illegal immigration and reportedly disparaged the "shithole" countries immigrants leave, there's at least one place from which he'd like more immigration: Norway.

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