Hillary Clinton calls Trump's views "ignorant" and "racist" after president's "sh*thole" comment

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David Perdue (R-GA) - who, like Trump, have advocated for not only ending illegal immigration but also reducing legal immigration to raise Americans' wages - said in a joint statement that they "do not recall" the president making the statements.

But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), whom Durbin said had voiced objection to Trump's comments during the meeting, issued a statement that did not dispute the remarks.

President Trump has denied the use of abusive terms, saying that the language he used was "tough".

The TPS program, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 provides temporary residency for people in the US from countries that can not receive them either because those countries refuse to take their people back, or because war prevents them from going back to their home countries. "But I don't think he is a racist in the traditional sense". What this episode also does is shatter the endless euphemisms and dissembling that Trump and his allies have employed to obscure a related truth: That the nationalism at the core of Trumpism is heavily driven by a reactionary backlash to the current ethnic and racial mix of the US population - it is white nationalism, despite all the what-me-racist protestation to the contrary.

"The African Union strongly believes there is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and the people by the current administration", the organization, which comprises 55 member states, said in a statement.

Late a year ago, Trump's administration put an end to a temporary residency program given to Haitian immigrants, permitting 60,000 Haitian citizens to live and work in the US safely after a magnitude-7 natural disaster in 2010. During a 2016 campaign event in Miami, he said "the Haitian people deserve better" and told the audience of Haitian-Americans he wanted to "be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion".

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


"If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States". America had a chance to push back on its blatant racism and xenophobia, but too many of us just shrugged our shoulders, told U.S. Latinos to relax and thought nothing of it because it seemed too far from the center to take hold.

"As individual Christians, we have a biblical responsibility to place the needs of others above our own, but as commander in chief, President Trump has the constitutional responsibility to place the interests of our nation above the needs of other countries".

"Why are we having all these people from sh**hole countries come here?"

"Had he said one thing one time, we might say that was a slip of the tongue or it's an example of unconscious racial bias or it was a mistake", he added.

Trump had been quoted as saying during a meeting at the White House earlier in the week, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?"

Trump's latest comments provided ample fodder for talk- show hosts. Colbert said. "For one, Donald Trump isn't their president".

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