U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday denied a derogatory comment that he is alleged to have made against some Central American and African countries that triggered an worldwide outrage for its racist undertones. But from the moment he was sworn into office, the commander in chief has repeatedly shown an alarming level of ignorance - mixed with hate.
He also denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians other than that Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
Mr Trump reportedly said: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here? Do we need more Haitians?'" Trump said, suggesting that more immigrants be brought into the country from places like Norway or Asia. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), told MSNBC that Graham confronted Trump on his remarks.
According to United States media reports, citing people with knowledge of the conversation, Trump asked during a conversation about immigration: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"
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Robert Jackson, the current USA ambassador to Ghana, told Ghanaian reporters a year ago that the election of Trump would not change the relationship between the United States and African nations. In his tweet, Mahama referred to speech made by Trump to African leaders at the United Nations in September, when the US president praised their nations but also mistakenly referred to a nonexistent country called "Nambia".
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Mr Trump said.
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Mr Trump also took issue with the idea that, while a lottery that benefits people from Africa and other nations would be ended, there could be another way for them to apply.
"The USA we know is one that was built with blood and sweat of African slaves and immigrants from all over".
The group of United Nations diplomats said it was "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks".
In a tweet Friday morning, Republican U.S. Sen. "President Trump is clearly more concerned with ending the future flow of immigrants from Africa and the African diaspora than providing relief to DREAMers [undocumented immigrants who arrived as youths] who came here through no fault of their own". And she called on Trump to apologize to the American people.
Nonetheless, Mr Trump vigorously defended his stance on immigration, insisting that he wanted a merit-based system of immigration.
Despite the back and forth regarding Trump's reported remarks, several lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have decried the language and condemned the comments.