Did Botswana Condemn Trump's Alleged 'Shithole' Slur Toward African Countries?

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday

"The government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the USA has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years".

"I am shocked by President Trump's statements on Haiti and Africa".

On Thursday, Trump was in a private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration when those who attended said he questioned why the USA would accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.

The African Union (AU), an organisation which promotes cooperation on the continent, said it was alarmed by Trump's "very racist" comments.

Botswana officials noted that they had "summoned" U.S. Ambassador Earl R. Miller regarding the statements that President Trump had made during a meeting with lawmakers a day earlier, during which the chief executive allegedly exclaimed: "What do we want Haitians here for?"

Since taking office a year ago, Trump has pursued controversial policies aimed at curbing illegal immigration into the United States as part of a hard-line "America First" agenda.

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Ben Cardin said the president's "comments don't represent America's values".

Roughly 13,000 of the state's immigrants came from Haiti and 5,600 people came from El Salvador.

He has been backed by two Republicans who were at the White House meeting, but Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Mr Trump called African countries "shitholes" several times and used "racist" language.

Trump denied on Friday using such derogatory language, but he was widely condemned in many African countries and in Haiti and El Salvador, and by worldwide rights organisations.

Walker says he has heard many different reports on what was actually said during the bi-partisan immigration meeting.

In Haiti, on the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake that killed about 220,000 people, the government also summoned the top U.S. diplomat for an explanation, while the Haitian ambassador to Washington called for an apology.

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On Friday, Trump denied using the language, about Haiti, and tried to turn the conversation to Democrats.

Graham, who was one of a handful of senators inside the meeting to discuss immigration reform, issued a statement that touched on his version of what unfolded as another lawmaker in the room, Sen.

"I do appreciate their support and I'd like to continue their support and not be distracted by any false messages that can be propagated about Haitian people", he said.

"You're a joke and a racist, President Donald J. Trump. He said those hateful things". He hopes that people will continue supporting the country and its people.

But Norwegians and their Scandinavian cousins on Twitter chose to mock Mr Trump and America itself instead by asking why they would want to go to a country without free healthcare and rampant gun crime. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from, 's***holes.' The exact word used by the president - not just once, but repeatedly.

El Salvador has also sent a formal letter of protest over Trump comments. "I would tell him before he talks, he needs to think before he says something", he said.

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