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United Nations human rights office calls Donald Trump's immigration slur 'racist'

13 January 2018

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

The White House defended Mr Trump's policies on immigration and failed to deny he had made such comments. He went on to criticize the immigration deal, saying: "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"

"I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency", Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said in a tweet.

Another White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity to CNN's Kaitlan Collins, was even less apologetic, saying his sentiments would likely help Trump with his loyal voting base, much like his attacks on National Football League players who took a knee to protest police brutality and racial discrimination earlier this season.

"Why do we want all these people from "shithole countries" coming here?" "The president of the United States is exhausted of so many black people coming into this country". Trump said he was only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a person who spoke to the president as criticism of his comments ricocheted around the globe.

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Just a day ago, Mr Trump praised North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nation Norway during a news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Holberg.

As the controversy erupted, Mr Trump delivered a scheduled speech to mark Martin Luther King day from the Roosevelt Room in the White House.

The president who as candidate promised to build a wall with Mexico and branded Mexicans as 'rapists, ' has introduced several travel bans on immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries, orders that have been checked by the courts so far.

Media reports of the vulgar remark, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the meeting, generated a hail of criticism in the United States and overseas. Gimenez's dropping Miami-Dade's "sanctuary" protections for immigration offenders prompted Trump to call him "Strong!" in a tweet.

Maryland lawmakers were quick to denounce the president's comments on Twitter. Sen. But it wasn't just Democrats objecting.

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"The (President's) comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values", Love said in a statement Thursday night.

"This behaviour is unacceptable from the leader of our nation", she said.

Trump denied making the comment on Friday morning.

The two people spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the Oval Office meeting.

The comments, first reported by The Washington Post, sparked anger among Democrats, and revived questions about Trump's tendency to make racially charged remarks.

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The senators had hoped to persuade Trump to support their plan, which pairs increased funding for border security with new legal status for immigrants who were previously protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

United Nations human rights office calls Donald Trump's immigration slur 'racist'