I am not a racist: Donald Trump

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Trump reportedly used the words "shithole countries" to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in response to plans by American lawmakers to restore protection for immigrants from those places.

'Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?' Trump said, according to two people who were briefed on the meeting and then leaked the comment to The Washington Post.

Trump's insults sparked the African group of ambassadors to the United Nations to issue an extraordinary statement condemning his "outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks" and also demand a retraction and apology.

Ghana's former president John Dramani Mahama, whom Akufo-Addo defeated in elections just a month after Trump's own win at the polls, on Twitter asked: "Isn't Trump demonstrating that he's nothing but a racist and pursuing a policy of "Make America White Again"?"

He tweeted a convoluted denial today in an attempt to quell outrage both at home and overseas.

The reported language was the latest in a long string of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim comments by Trump that have been condemned as racist.

"We have a lot of sticking points but they're all Democrat sticking points", he said.

In other side, the African Union says it is "frankly alarmed" by President Donald Trump's statement in which he used vulgar language to question why the US would accept more immigrants from African countries and Haiti.

Shockingly, Trump remained unapologetic in his claim of wanting more immigrants from countries like Norway.

"I think he is a racist", Lewis agreed.

Speaking of Trump, Paul said, "I know for a fact that he cares very deeoly for the people in Haiti".

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The alleged expletive came during a Thursday meeting between Trump and lawmakers about immigration reform.

Trump tweeted Friday that was not the "language used" and denied saying 'anything derogatory about Haitians'.

"I don't know if those comments would be made if I was in the room", she said.

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice", said spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo.

Almost 700,000 Dreamers are at risk of losing deportation relief and work permits ― or already have ― because Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

Mr Trump's comments came as Mr Durbin was presenting details of the compromise plan that included providing 1.6 billion U.S. dollars (£1.2 billion) for the first instalment of the president's long-sought border wall.

"Africans and Haitians come from "shithole" countries?"

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".

In South Florida, scores of Haitians turned out Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.1 magnitude natural disaster that struck their homeland on January 12, 2010, killing as many as 300,000 people.

"But this was not the language I used", he added, apparently referencing the report of him saying "s--hole".

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