Catholic leaders condemn Trump remarks about Haiti, Africa

President Donald Trump

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree described the president's comments as "racist" in her own statement Friday.

"But they have no confirmation yet", Saati said.

President Akufo-Addo tweeted that Trump's reported language was "extremely unfortunate", adding: "We are certainly not "a shithole country".

Trump also denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

The president implied Friday morning on Twitter that maybe he should start recording meetings because there is no trust.

President Donald Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting in which he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. President Jovenel Moise's government issued a strongly worded statement denouncing what it called a "racist" view of Haitian immigrants and people from African countries.

Mr Durbin said that when Mr Trump was told that the largest groups of immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) were from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, the president responded: "Haitians?"

American trade with the other countries that Trump insulted Thursday, however, is much lower.

"On the eighth anniversary of an quake that almost devastated Haiti, we members of the Haitian Lawyers Association unfortunately find ourselves addressing disparaging remarks attributed to President Trump", reads a letter issued Friday by the bar association.

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A source familiar with the meeting told CNN's Jake Tapper the President did not refer to Haiti as a "shithole" country but Trump did ask why the United States needs more Haitians and pushed to "take them out" of the deal.

President Trump isn't the first leader to come under fire for allegedly using derogatory language.

The African Union (AU), an organisation which promotes cooperation on the continent, said it was alarmed by Trump's "very racist" comments. JB Pritzker, a Democrat running for IL governor, released the following statement Friday: "I've said it before and I'll say it again: Donald Trump is a racist and a xenophobe who has never had the dignity to be in the White House", said JB Pritzker.

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

Durbin said that for Graham "to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him, took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it".

The Republican president has also privately defended his remarks, saying he was only expressing what many people think but will not say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, the Associated Press reported.

Haitians weren't the only people offended by the president's comments. And she called on Trump to apologize to the American people.

Around 700,000 people are now enrolled in the DACA program, which allows enrollees to live and work in the US for two-year periods.

"I have seen the comments in the press, I have not read one of them that's inaccurate", Durbin told reporters in Chicago.

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