Trump partly denies, also defends vulgar immigrant comments

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Africans reacted angrily Friday after Donald Trump reportedly referred to their nations as "shithole countries", with many lashing the United States president for racism and ignorance. In his message, Mahama referred to speech made by Trump to African leaders at the United Nations in September wherein in which he had praised their nations - but also mistakenly referred to a nonexistent country called "Nambia".

Some of the comments were published in a new book about Mr Trump's first year in office, Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House by Michael Wolff, which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has denounced as "complete fantasy" for portraying her 71-year-old boss as undisciplined and in over his head as president. There is bipartisan support for some form of protection, but just how much and what immigration enforcements need to be added in exchange is what's being negotiated now.

Trump has denied using that language but others present say he did.

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

The president has been accused of questioning why the United States should accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa, during a meeting on immigration.

Johnson also took issue with Isaac Newton Farris Jr., Martin Luther King Jr.'s nephew, who told CNN after participating in a White House event honoring his uncle that he believes Trump is "racially ignorant and racially uninformed", but does not believe Trump is a "racist in the traditional sense". He ignored reporters who shouted questions about his remarks.

Farris was asked about Trump's recent remarks which disparaged the native countries of countless Black immigrants.

"We would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that about any country that has any kind of socio-economic or other difficulties", Duarte said, adding that much like their African counterparts, millions of USA citizens were affected by problems such as unemployment.

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In an earlier tweet, Mahama had said that Trump's comments showed he was "nothing but a racist".

Haiti said it was shocked by Trump's reported remarks on Thursday and summoned the top United States diplomat in the country, asking for an apology if the vulgar term had been used.

Donald Trump may prefer immigrants from Norway rather than from what he reportedly called "shithole" countries such as Haiti or those in Africa.

Botswana summoned the U.S. ambassador to the country to "clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country", according to a foreign ministry statement which called Trump's comments "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist".

Trump's comments are extremely offensive to South Africa, said Jessie Duarte, a senior official with the ruling African National Congress.

"Sir, they're not shithole countries".

Speaking to journalists this afternoon, Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community, said the comments that came from President Trump were shocking. "I don't know how to break this to you, but I think the president might be racist".

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