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Nigeria summons US Ambassador over Trump's "Shithole" comment

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Kenny Thornton | 16 January, 2018, 04:27

At least one more African leader spoke up on Saturday.

The African ambassadors issued the statement late Friday following an emergency meeting after Mr Trump used vulgar language to reject an immigration bill, asking why the U.S. would take in more people from Haiti and "sh*thole countries" in Africa.

The president finally addressed the disparaging remarks in person as he was headed to dinner while on vacation at his golf club in West Palm Beach with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

"I am not a racist".

"I'm a member of this administration and I don't agree with the president about everything that he says or of how it is said", Carson said while speaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., receiving applause for his remark.

The US President was said to have made the remarks at a private meeting with lawmakers on immigration on Thursday.

But Senator Dick Durbin said the accusations were true and that Trump had used a language "full of hate, vile and racist" during the meeting.

"I don't believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA". Trump said referring to the meeting inside the Oval Office.

The Obama-era programme, known as DACA, will begin winding down in March unless Congress and Trump can agree on a bill.

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Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros said the ruling was a case of "pure harassment and a clear attack on press freedom". The moves by the Philippines authorities to shut down Rappler is an alarming attempt to silence independent journalism.

A Republican congressman on Monday criticized President Donald Trump's remark about "shithole countries", predicting that the derogatory comment will have "consequences" for America's standing in Africa.

Trump was elected to the White House partly on a promise to be hard on immigration.

Have the senators present at the meeting backed him up?

Perdue and another Republican senator at the meeting, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, had previously said they did "not recall the President saying these comments specifically".

The Nigerian foreign ministry statement noted the "very warm and cordial relations that presently exist" between Nigeria and the U.S. But for African Americans marking Martin Luther King Day here in the United States, it appears the damage is done, as CGTN's Owen Fairclough reports.

Even though the president insists he is not a racist, others do not agree.

Trump denied making the statements attributed to him, but avoided the details of what he did or did not say.

The president has said that any deal to save DACA would need to include funding for the southern border wall, an end to chain migration, and the replacement of the current lottery green card program with a merit-based system.

"He's a stable genius".

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