Win Butler & other musicians respond to Trump's "shithole countries" comments

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Haitian Sen. Youri Latortue said the reported remarks were also galling because they came just before the United States marks the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

Asked how Trump's comments will affect immigration talks, Ryan responded, "We have to get it done".

"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday", Graham said.

Labossiere was among Haitians and Africans in the Bay Area and around the world who swiftly called Trump out for his comments, calling them blatantly racist.

In 2016, in response to a question about then-candidate Trump's views on immigration and his intention to build a wall along the USA border with Mexico, Francis said a man with such views was "not Christian".

Before the "shithole" controversy, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt tweeted that, judging by Solberg's visit, "keys to success with Trump is personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the USA and buying tons of US military hardware".

Trump specifically denied he ever said "anything derogatory" about the people of Haiti.

"The American people will ultimately judge us on the outcome we achieve, not the process which led to it", he said.

"Congressional condemnation of racist bigotry is not enough", Green said in a tweet. Last year, Trump said Haitian immigrants "all have AIDS", and that Nigerian immigrants would not "go back to their huts" after visiting the USA, according to a New York Times report.

Mia Love, a congresswoman from Utah who is of Haitian descent, called Mr Trump's reported comments "unkind" and "divisive", and demanded an apology.

There was little sleep on Thursday night for Geralde Gabeau as she thought about the vulgar language President Trump allegedly used to describe her homeland Haiti, along with African nations.

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump said he used "tough" language at the meeting.

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"I will be signing", he said in a Cabinet Room meeting Tuesday.

Trump's comments came as two senators presented details of a bipartisan compromise that would extend protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants - and also strengthen border protections, as Trump has insisted.

"We always knew that President Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people (of) certain colors", congressman Luis Gutierrez said. But instead of winning Trump's support, as they had expected, the president launched into a broadside against immigration from Haiti and Africa.

Others condemned the USA president's comments as inappropriate or racist.

South Carolina's Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, said that if Trump really did use those words it would be "disappointing".

Haiti was among the nations to abstain at the United Nations rather than condemn President Trump's change in policy over Jerusalem.

Norwegians have also been tweeting about why they will not be moving to the United States.

And Idaho Republican Mike Simpson told The Associated Press that Trump's remarks were "stupid and irresponsible and childish".

"Trump is absolutely right", said Mamady Traore, 30, a sociologist in Guinea.

Democratic legislators who like to count themselves as part of the Resistance must recognize that their actions will speak louder than anything out of the president's mouth.

Colville also expressed concern for previous remarks by Trump that had what he called racial undertones, including campaign events in which the then-candidate had called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, and Trump's response a year ago to a white supremacist march saying that "both sides" deserved blame.