Trump defends vulgar remarks while partly denying them

President Donald Trump.   Associated Press  Evan Vucci

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

Friday morning the president defended himself, tweeting, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

Speaking in London, Ont., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would not "opine on what the president may or may not have said" but called Canada a country of openness and respect.

The controversial comments were brought up while the president argued against opening the USA borders to Haitians and Africans fleeing poverty, starvation, and violence in their homelands.

The UN has rightly called Donald Trump's unashamed statements "racist" and said that they are "shocking and shameful" comments from the President of the US.

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Trump denies using racist slur on African countries
The White House also faced a barrage of questions last month after he slurred some words during a speech on national TV. Former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe tweeted , "SHAME ON TRUMP!" Our president is a racist.

Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status following the 2010 natural disaster, which seven years ago today killed 300,000 Haitians and left thousands of others displaced. "It is more about ethnicity than shared values", said Hilde Restad, an associate professor in global affairs and a former U.S. resident.

The Post said that Trump rejected a bipartisan bill that would have restored protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and a handful of African countries.

Trump's insults sparked the African group of ambassadors to the United Nations to issue an extraordinary statement condemning his "outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks" and also demand a retraction and apology.

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

Ghana's former president John Dramani Mahama, whom Akufo-Addo defeated in elections just a month after Trump's own win at the polls, on Twitter asked: "Isn't Trump demonstrating that he's nothing but a racist and pursuing a policy of "Make America White Again"?" In fact, this is what forms the core of Trump's presidency. "The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel".

Haiti's ambassador in Washington has also asked for an apology, as Trump reportedly specifically questioned the protections granted to Haitian immigrants after the natural disaster. "Take them out", he said. We have a right and a responsibility to hold the president to a higher standard.


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