America 'an idea, not a race,' senator tells President Trump

U.S. diplomats serving in Haiti and African countries have been briefed to convey Washington's respect if they are summoned to explain President Donald Trump's alleged insults.

Facing strong condemnation at home and overseas, USA president Donald Trump on Friday denied using the word "sh**hole" to describe Haiti and African countries, but kept up criticism of a Senate immigration plan that he said would force the United States to admit people from countries that "are doing badly". Trump said, according to Washington Post.

They've always felt welcome here, but after reports came out Thursday claiming Trump called Haiti an "s***hole" country, Wilson was shocked and hurt.

"Why do we need more Haitians?" "They'll listen, that's their primary job to listen, and they'll reiterate the respect we have for that nation".

Botswana's government issued a statement calling the president's remark "highly irresponsible, reprehensible, and racist". And to this day, as I'm talking to you, we have Haitians in universities who are professors here. Of course, the president denies using the word, only owning up to using "tough language" during the immigration talks.

President Trump was evaluated by the White House physician and his exam was released to the press on Friday.

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Hillary Clinton, Trump's defeated presidential rival, tweeted: "The anniversary of the devastating natural disaster 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America's commitment to helping our neighbors".

In a statement on Friday, Graham reiterated standard pro-immigration, pro-amnesty talking points, claiming he almost reprimanded Trump after he allegedly made the comment.

"All of you who over the last few years have uttered that exhausted, lazy, uninformed, uneducated response of calling me and others who point out racist behavior "racists, ' you know what you can go do?" Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, the only Democrat in the meeting, said the president indeed used those words. "And he said them repeatedly", Durbin told reporters Friday.

Trump himself denied making the comment, but in vague terms, on Twitter. Republican US Senator Tim Scott is also on record confirming the substance of Graham's admission of fact.

The United Nations human rights office said it had no doubt Trump's remarks were "racist", while the Vatican newspaper branded them as "particularly harsh and offensive". "When the question was raised about Haitians, for example, we have a group that have temporary protected status in the United States because they were the victims of crises and disasters and political upheaval".

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