A day later, Lindsey Graham breaks public silence on Trump's 'shithole' remarks

A day later, Lindsey Graham breaks public silence on Trump's 'shithole' remarks

"Given the historical reality of how African Americans arrived in the United States as slaves, and the United States being the biggest example of how a nation has been built by migration - for a statement like that to come is particularly upsetting", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.

Graham added: "Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness".

Her reference is to what Trump said allegedly during a White House meeting Thursday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers negotiating renewal of Temporary Protection Status for Haitians, Salvadorans and other immigrants as part of a broader immigration reform package.

On Friday (local time) the President tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haiti aside from noting it's a poor country.

But Sen. Dick Durbin, the only Democrat in the room, disputed the president's account.

In a video published in the CNN, US senator Dick Durbin said that Trump "said things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist", adding that "I can not believe that in the history of the White House, and that of Office, any president has ever spoken those words".

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said: "El Salvador and Haiti yesterday were once again victims of U.S. President Donald Trump's aggression".

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"The comment could torpedo immigration talks over DACA immigrants - the children of illegals - and funding for a border wall". "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit USA resources". Do we need more Haitians?' Then he went on and started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure. The White House later denied he used the word AIDS to describe Haitians.

Meanwhile, South Africa's governing African National Congress party took to Twitter to chide Trump over his "offensive" choice of words.

In a response labelled by global media as damage control, Mr Trump has denied using derogatory words but admitted his language was "tough". Diaz-Balart issued a statement that did not acknowledge or refute the president's "sh*thole" remarks.

President Donald Trump on Friday said the language he used during the meeting on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was "tough" but he didn't use the infamous "shithole countries" term. "For him to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him, took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it". "They're so abusive. I've traveled in these countries and it's horrendous what these people live in".

Winning Trump's endorsement, in turn, will depend on how lawmakers can navigate the whims of a president known for being volatile and demanding utmost loyalty. Since they are receiving American aid, they were slow to criticize the president's comment.

Haiti's ambassador to Washington, Paul Altidor, said it was distressing that attention was drawn to the comments on Friday, the eighth anniversary and day of remembrance for about 220,000 people killed on the island by a devastating quake.

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