Geneva: The United Nations human rights office on Friday rejected as "racist" and inciting xenophobia the reported remarks by US President Donald Trump describing immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from "shithole" countries.
The Washington Post reported that he became frustrated when lawmakers suggested restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as part of an immigration deal.
According to two people briefed on the meeting, Trump allegedly said: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?". He reportedly questioned why the USA would allow more immigrants from countries like Haiti and Africa into the country, referring to those nations as "s***hole countries".
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A White House official said Trump had also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt that they help the United States economically. During a bipartisan meeting about immigration, the commander-in-chief citied people from Haiti and other African lands as "sh*thole countries".
"We always knew that President Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people or certain colors".
A person familiar with what was said at the meeting told CNN that Trump also said: "Why do we need more Haitians?"
The White House later denied the comments.
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Love called on Trump to apologise to the American people and to the countries he denigrated.
Love, the first Haitian-American elected to Congress, whose parents immigrated to the USA in the 1970s, went on to detail her family's ties to one of the countries that was maligned by Trump.
The White House attempted a rebuttal however saying Trump is fighting immigration.
"I look forward to getting a more detailing explanation regarding the President's comments", he said.
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Trump's remarks were remarkable even by the standards of a president who has been accused by his foes of racist attitudes and has routinely smashed through public decorum that his modern predecessors have generally embraced. Cooper choked up as he recounted his experiences in Haiti, at the frontline of rescue attempts during the quake and said that Trump could learn something about dignity and strength from the Haitian people he encountered.