Don Lemon: Trump's Comments About MLK 'Painfully Ironic' After 'Sh*thole' Remarks


Despite Trump's denial, one of the sponsors of the DACA deal who was present at the meeting, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), insisted the U.S. president indeed referred to the countries in question as "s***holes" multiple times during the gathering.

But nearly immediately a senator who attended the meeting at which Mr Trump was alleged to have used the description said it was "the exact word used by the president - not just once but repeatedly". Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, the only Democrat in the meeting, said the president indeed used those words.

The statement the African ambassadors issued expresses concern over the Trump administration's apparent increasing denigration of Africa "and people of color".

Trump himself denied making the comment, but in vague terms, on Twitter.

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"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said Rupert Coleville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. "You have seen the comments in the press".

Meanwhile government of Botswana has summoned the United States ambassador of its country to express its displeasure at the comments and asked the ambassador to clarify if Botswana "is regarded as a "shithole" country" in lieu of the alleged comments from President Trump.

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On Friday, AU chief Moussa Faki's spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo had also said Trump's comment "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice".

"Why do we need more Haitians?"

"Today, January 12, marks the commemoration of the natural disaster that devastated Haiti eight years ago", Jean said in a statement, "and it was so disturbing this morning to hear President Trump's comments reported all over the news calling my poor native land and African countries "shithole" nations".

Trump didn't answer this or any other question shouted by reporters about his remarks.

Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House and after Trump and Mike Pence, the third-most powerful Republican. rebuked the president for the words calling them "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful". "No matter the colour of our skin or place of our birth we are all equal".

Farris Jr. said that the comments were "another example of him (Trump) speaking without knowing the facts". "American immigration policy can not and should not be guided in any way, shape or form by racism". "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" he said in one of the tweets. He hopes that people will continue supporting the country and its people. I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level.