America 'an idea, not a race,' senator tells President Trump

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The document stressed that Cuba joins the strong rejection that these statements have arouse around the world, and expresses its most heartfelt solidarity with all the offended countries.

It was just after President Trump had finished railing in the Oval Office against African immigrants he said came from "shithole countries" when a senior Republican senator, Lindsey Graham of SC, who was there to negotiate a deal on immigration, spoke up. But neither he nor the White House disputed the most controversial of his remarks: cursing to describe Africa nations and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.

Trump has long held similar beliefs, demanding that nations such as Mexico and El Salvador stop the flow of unskilled labor into the United States.

"He is the president of the United States". The US Military also carries out training and advisory missions in other African countries, with hundreds of troops performing that mission in Niger and Somalia.

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On Friday, the president tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he didn't say anything derogatory about Haitians aside from noting Haiti is a poor country.

Trump then "said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist", Durbin said, adding that "shithole" was "the exact word used by the president, not just once but repeatedly".

Trump mentioned each of those nations and regions while discussing immigration policy on Jan 11, according to NBC News. Trump past year ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided protection from deportation and the ability to work legally in the country.

She suggested that Trump's comments are getting so much attention because lawmakers are trying to deflect away from their lack of progress on comprehensive immigration reform. "We will probably hear more from him".

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This is according to the person who examined him, presidential physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson.

The Vatican newspaper on Friday branded US President Donald Trump's reported comments about African countries and Haiti as "particularly harsh and offensive". "You would expect the president to lead in determining how you filter your thoughts, rather than to continue to say things that take a lot away from what's actually getting done". The enormous damage that the 7.0-magnitude quake caused to the island's infrastructure and economy led to the designation for Haitians of a US immigration protection known as Temporary Protected Status. The Washington Post reported that, during the meeting, Trump said immigrants from Haiti should be left out of any new agreement approved by Congress.

Editor's note: Contains vulgar language.

"I think it's going to go very well". Trump allegedly referred to Haiti and African nations as "s--hole" countries. In a very strongly-worded statement following the alleged comments, the UN's spokesman on human rights told reporters: "There is no other word one can use but racist".

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