Donald Trump must apologise for comments - African Union

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Trump's former political rival was reacting to remarks reportedly made by the President during a briefing session in the Oval Office when he is alleged to have launched into a rant against immigrants.

"We have to reform our immigration system, make it more diversified where people from Asia and Europe can come to this country and make it merit-based so if you have a skill you can benefit America", McDonough said. As for Africa, he asked why more people from "s--hole countries" should be allowed into the USA, sources said to The AP.

"I can not believe that in the history of the Oval Office any president has spoken the words that I have personally heard the President speak yesterday", said Durbin, clearly appalled. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" the president tweeted.

"When Trump uttered his vulgar attacks yesterday against Haitians and Africans, he exposed the white supremacy at the core of USA policy towards Haiti", the statement said. Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of IL on Friday said Trump had indeed made the comments about 's***hole countries'. I use those words advisedly, I understand how powerful they are. And he said them repeatedly'.

Headlines to the likes of "Trump slurs Haitians, Africans" and "Trump's vulgar immigration comment alarms lawmakers" splashed across major US newspaper front pages.

The condemnations came as Trump found himself at the center of an worldwide firestorm Friday, a day after he reportedly made the comment during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House.

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That's when Durbin says the President interrupted.

He added that "we pray that the almighty God gives him wisdom to change his mind about people who are suffering and looking for safe haven in America".

The president's thoughts on immigration sprawled through several Twitter posts on Friday morning before he tweeted his denials about some of the language he used at the DACA meeting.

CNN host Anderson Cooper gave an emotional send-off to the people of Haiti in response to Trump's comments. He has also considered recording all his meetings to prevent similar controversies in the future.

"This is a pattern, and this is very common with this president", Lee said in an interview.

It said the "remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity". "I've asked him about it a number of times, and he denied, but kept up the racist rhetoric throughout the campaign and now while he's in the White House".