US Jewish groups: Trump's 's**thole' comments 'vulgar and offensive'

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

"I want a merit-based system of immigrant and people who will help take our country to the next level", Trump tweeted. "Or, we shouldn't have been", added Young.

"Trump is a disgusting racist, sexist sociopath and awful for the country", one Twitter user wrote.

On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that he used "tough" language at the meeting, but not the reported vulgarity.

Trump has called himself the "least racist person that you've ever met" and has spoken positively about Haitians in public.

The 55-country African Union (AU) has demanded that United States president Donald Trump apologise for saying the United States should not accept immigrants from "shithole" African nations like Haiti, The Hill reported on Saturday (Jan 13).

"The comments made by the President of the United States yesterday afternoon are racist, repugnant, and run directly counter to our values as Americans", said Abby Maxman, President of Oxfam America. Another reminder - we must speak as one to protect immigrants. Macky Sall, president of Senegal, tweeted on Friday that he was "shocked" by Trump's words, adding that "Africa and the black race deserve the respect and consideration of all".

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power has shared the statement on Twitter, saying- "Whoa".

On Friday, Trump seemingly denied using the widely reported offensive language.

Trump's reported comments were also taken personally by Dr. Andrew Furey, an orthopedic surgeon in St. John's, N.L., and founder of Team Broken Earth, a group of medical professionals who responded to the Haitian quake in 2010 and has since returned to the country several times. Trump had said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers. "I expect that our assistance programmes would continue pretty much as they are", Jackson told Joy News. "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit USA resources". "If he said it, he has to apologize, but if he did not say it, I think The Washington Post should apologize". Pugh called upon all elected leaders, regardless of party, to condemn the president's comments. "That's not how a president behaves".

Trump previously told Haitian-Americans: "I really want to be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion", while he was campaigning previous year in Miami's Little Haiti.

Trump, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt they help the USA economically, the report said.

Many US media outlets reported the comments on Thursday, quoting witnesses or people briefed on the meeting.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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