Awkward: Trump praises Martin Luther King, Jr. after his racist comments

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Since coming into office, Trump has not had much to say about Africa or Africans, other than saying that Nigerians would "never go back to their huts" after seeing the United States and (probably) mispronouncing Namibia (or possibly, really thinking there is a country called "Nambia") in September.

However, US Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said on Friday Trump did use "vile, vulgar language, including 's***hole, '" in the meeting with lawmakers on Thursday.

The African Union said that Trump's description of African nations as "shithole countries" was upsetting.

The New York Times later reported the same comment, citing unnamed people with direct knowledge of the meeting.

Trump reportedly described the homelands of migrants arriving in the U.S. as "sh*tholes" while at the White House on Thursday.

Trump also said he might begin recording his White House meetings.

"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin told reporters on Friday.

Although a White House spokesperson on Thursday did not deny that he used the word "shithole", Trump insisted that was "not the language used" in a confusing Twitter rant on Friday.

The comments reportedly came as the Republican and Democratic senators were briefing the president on changes to the US visa lottery system and considerations about immigration from Africa. Trump followed up his handsome and considered "shithole" remark with another question: why don't more people from countries like Norway come here?

National parks wave entrance fee for MLK Day
On Sunday, two-time national college football champion Caleb Castille will headline a youth event at 4 p.m. At the end of the parade, the City of New Orleans will host its inaugural Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

Donald Trump has merited the ire of the Internet and a lot of American citizens after a damming story published by the Washington Post reports Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as "sh*thole countries". I hope today's comments were just a crass and flippant mistake, and do not reflect the hateful racism they imply, ' Bush wrote in a pair of tweets. "He's president of the United States". The park's boundaries include the Prince Hall Masonic Temple, a site that King used as the headquarters for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, according to a White House spokesman.

"First thing that came to my mind was: Very unfortunate, unhelpful", he said.

"President Trump loves all people", said Rep. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota.

Altidor said he was "surprised" and "disappointed" by the statement, for which his government had yet to receive confirmation or explanation, adding that, "Once again, Haiti finds itself in the midst of very negative narrative here in the U.S".

The Republican president's comments were decried as racist by African and Haitian politicians, by the United Nations human rights office and by US lawmakers from both major parties. "Take them out", according to one source.

The Trump administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are trying to thrash out an immigration strategy ahead of a budget deadline later this month.

Among other objections, Trump said the plan did not provide proper funding for the proposed wall that he made a center-piece of his election campaign.

The program, known by its initials DACA, protects from deportation between 700,000 and 800,000 young people illegally brought to the United States as children.

Trump, who has had a series of meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform over the past several days, said he has a good chance to make a deal.

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