With a whites-only immigration approach, Trump rejects American ideals of diversity

With a whites-only immigration approach, Trump rejects American ideals of diversity

Mr Trump is accused of using the word "shithole" to describe African nations during an Oval Office meeting on Thursday with a group of six senators.

Nigeria's government on Monday summoned a representative of the the US ambassador to explain reported remarks by President Donald Trump that immigrants from Africa and Haiti come from "shithole countries", the foreign ministry said.

"President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and some nations in Africa, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from "sh-hole countries" rather than from places like Norway, according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation".

The council said it received with utter shock the news of the uncouth words used by Trump in reference to African people and people of African descent.

The White House has not denied that Trump said "s-thole", though Trump has already pushed back on some depictions of the meeting.

Now claims have arisen suggesting he instead said "shithouse".

And Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review magazine, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos: "My understanding from the meeting [is] he used a different but very closely related vulgarity". He said Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once". That's not going to make a difference to anyone.

Several Democratic representatives said they intend not to attend the president's State of the Union speech later this month for his statements, accusing the president of racism.


"In the spirit of the people of Haiti we feel in the statements, if they were made, the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people", he said in a statement.

The president on Sunday amid reports that he referred to some foreign countries - namely, Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa - as a "shithole" denied such remarks and said charges of racism against him were unfair.

Trump has not clarified to aides what he said, but told reporters Sunday night in Florida that comments attributed to him "weren't made".

Asked about Trump's comments, Durbin said, "Politics ain't beanbag". I think he has been clear and I would certainly say undoubtedly the president will use, continue to use strong language when it comes to this issue.

Trump issued a fresh denial on Monday, saying: "Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting". Deals can't get made when there is no trust!

Haiti's ambassador in the US, Paul G. Altidor, with former US President Barack Obama. I thought she sounded too extreme at that time, but now? Lindsey Graham had a message for the president.

Another Republican senator, Lindsey Graham of SC, weighed in but revealed little about what was or wasn't said.

Yet psychiatric experts tell me that normal evaluation methods probably would prove to be less than conclusive, partly because the debate is fueled and distorted by politics. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Sen. Norway's population is predominantly white.

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