Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said she was appalled by President Donald Trump's recent comments in the Oval Office, in which he reportedly said immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations come "from shithole countries" and questioned why they should be welcomed in by the United States.
Trump reportedly demanded to know why the USA should accept immigrants from "shithole countries", after lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.
"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country", he tweeted, adding that Democratic politicians "made up" that he said to "take them out".
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On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert also commented on the president's remarks, with the vulgarity bleeped out: "Trump reportedly said, 'Why are we having all these people from. countries come here?' Sir, they're not. countries: For one, Donald Trump isn't their president". Trump has denied using the word while others in the room said he did.
The president also asked why the United States would allow more immigrants from Haiti and Africa rather than countries like Norway. "The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel".
Despite the claims by Trump that he never made the comments, at least one lawmaker present in the meeting has insisted the president did make the "s********" comment. It´s about opening the door wider to humanity´s worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia that will potentially disrupt and destroy the lives of many people.
"In the course of his comments", Durbin said, Trump "said things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist". Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who - without relating the exact details of the President's remarks - said they were not proper.
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The group's mission in Washington DC expressed its "shock, dismay and outrage" and said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans.
In the United States, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) described Trump's comments as "a low mark for this president" and "a low point for our nation".
The president implied Friday morning on Twitter that maybe he should start recording meetings because there is no trust.
"Haitians don't deserve such treatment", said Paul Altidor, the Haitian ambassador.
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In 2009 Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, chose Ghana's capital Accra to set out his foreign policy goals for Africa in a speech in which he said he saw Africa "as a fundamental part of our interconnected world".