Trump is a racist and Republicans who won't denounce him are too

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In stark contrast to his administration's decision to end protected status for Haiti, Trump said "the truth is Haiti is still suffering very badly, maybe as badly".

"Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?" he asked, according to multiple sources present at the White House meeting. After reports emerged that the president used the discriminatory, crass language to express his distaste for offering protections to Haitian and El Saldavorian immigrants (as well as immigrants from certain African countries), he faced widespread backlash.

President Trump is quoted to have said: "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?"

The White House didn't deny the president's usage of the term "shithole" and, predictably, defended it with a more racist statement.

Trump went on to say "I'm running to be president of all Americans..." Macky Sall, president of Senegal, tweeted on Friday that he was "shocked" by Trump's words, adding that "Africa and the black race deserve the respect and consideration of all".

Almost a year into Trump's presidency, members of Congress are still struggling to relate to the unorthodox Trump and his spontaneous, often crude remarks.

African ambassadors to United Nations attack Trump's 'racist' remarks
Trump's derogatory remarks cited by the Washington Post and New York Times were in reference to African countries and Haiti . Trump has inaccurately claimed that Barack Obama, the nation's first black president , wasn't born in the United States.

Trump's alleged statement also prompted outrage from the African Union (AU), the organization that includes all the 54 African UN states plus Western Sahara, which is not recognized by the UN.

The CNN anchor holds a close relationship with Haiti after he was one of the first foreign journalists to arrive and report on the devastating quake that killed thousands in 2010. "There is no other word one can use but 'racist'".

"It might happen once or twice without CNN executives being aware, but it wouldn't continue if they were not OK", former CNN executive Jon Klein said.

Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, did not provide details of the conversation but said the senator was "encouraged" by Trump's reaction. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!'

As president, Trump has reportedly said that he believes Haitians coming to the United States "all have AIDS".

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