African countries demand Donald Trump apology over slur

As the son of a Haitian immigrants and pastor of the largely Haitian Kingdom Church in Orlando, Pastor Jacques says he's disheartened by President's Trump's comments about Haiti.

Trump denies using the term.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is introduced as he speaks to students of Year Up Chicago, a one-year long job training program that provides low-income young adults, Friday in Chicago. Jeff Sessions, who became Trump's attorney general and whose former aide, Stephen Miller, is a top White House adviser to the president on immigration.

A group of "extremely appalled" African countries demanded today that US President Donald Trump retract and apologise for his reported denunciation of immigration from "shithole" nations.

South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of "The Daily Show", described himself as an offended citizen of "South Shithole" and also called Trump out for racism, especially for saying he preferred immigrants from Norway.

"I look at a lot of the community partners that have helped raise us like a village and I feel that those comments are an insult that all that they have contributed to our society", said Pastor David Jacques, Lead Pastor of the Kingdom Church.

That steady supply of new immigrants is why America remains the most influential and important country in the world - economically, militarily, culturally, scientifically, and in so many other ways.

"Made up by Dems", he tweeted. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

In November, the Trump administration announced it was ending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that has allowed 59,000 Haitians to legally work in the United States since 2010 when an quake killed an estimated 300,000 people, leaving millions homeless.

Trump's reported comments also drew a unanimous condemnation from African countries at the United Nations, which said they were "extremely appalled" at the "racist and xenophobic remarks" and called for a retraction and apology. The Post included El Salvador on its list.

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


United States missions went into damage control mode.

In 2015, there were 676,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States, up from 587,000 in 2010, accounting for less than 2 percent of the USA foreign-born population, according to the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute.

Trump's language triggered a barrage of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans.

Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga. - said Friday that they "do not recall" Trump "saying these comments specifically". He wants more funding for the wall, which is symbolic, yes, but that's exactly the point: As Frank Sharry of America's Voice puts it to me, the wall is a "middle finger to Latin America", a statement that "we don't want your kind".

"Language like that shouldn't be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House", said Congresswoman Ilena Ros-Lehtinen. And other Trump backers made clear they wanted to steer clear of questions about whether the president is a racist.

Republican Mia Love, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said Mr Trump's comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values".

"As the niece of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and I emphasize the "reverend" because history has not always recorded his spiritual aspects ..."

Ignoring shouted questions about the mounting firestorm over race, the president paid tribute during a ceremony to the reverend's "peaceful crusade for justice and equality".

Espaillat says Trump's alleged remarks are in line with his previous behavior.

For instance, a 2016 Pew Research Center poll found that 59 percent of Americans said immigrants "strengthen our country due to their hard work and talents", compared to 33 percent who said immigrants "are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing, and health care". "Don't take that away", declared Jan Egeland, a former United Nations under secretary general and the current head of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

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