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Iowa Congressman defending president's description of developing countries

14 January 2018

Mr Trump convened Thursday's meeting to discuss reforming immigration policy, and one of the politicians inside the Oval Office suggested that a deal could be reached if Mr Trump agreed to restore protection for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.

In a statement, the African states demanded that Trump retract and apologize for his comment.

It said the African Union, through the Member States, values the strategic partnership with the US.

His remarks have quickly spread around the world, provoking strong reactions, including those from the United Nations.

A group of African ambassadors at the United Nations also issued a statement Friday to condemn the "outrageous, racist and xenophobic" remarks by the president. He said Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once".

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Trump suggested the United States should instead focus its immigrant entry policy on countries such as Norway.

In an earlier tweet, Mahama said that Trump's comments showed he was "nothing but a racist". Friday morning, Trump took to Twitter to say the language he used at the meeting "was tough", but insisted the words being reported "was not the language used". It is not true.

Haitians and Africans in Maryland say they don't think they should be written off.

Durbin, the second-highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate, described the president's words as "hateful, vile and racist". "I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak".

Samantha Power, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, wrote on Twitter that she had "never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United Nations".

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"And then he went on to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure".

The church says they have been working with refugees in Haiti since the island was struck by a 7.0 magnitude quake that killed more than 220,000 people in 2010.

The African Union, an organization comprised of all 55 African nations, blasted President Donald Trump's comments that the continent contained "shithole countries." Mr. Trump said, according to several news accounts, including The Washington Post.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump said.

"(I) have known many fine Haitians - including a former governor general of Canada, " Campbell said in a tweet.

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Iowa Congressman defending president's description of developing countries