Rwanda Saddened by President Trump 'Racist' Comments

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A parishioner weeps while praying at the Notre Dame d'Haiti Mission in Miami on the first anniversary of the 2010 quake that killed more than 200,000.

Durbin and Graham pitched Trump on the outlines of a deal they and others in a six-senator bipartisan group made to resolve the legal status of Dreamers, the young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children.

President Trump is denying reports, from NPR and other news outlets, that in a Thursday meeting at the White House, he disparaged African nations as "shithole countries" and questioned why the United States would admit immigrants from them and other nations, like Haiti.

In an essay for Time, the 57-year-old actor and founder of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization slammed Donald on the eighth anniversary of the devastating 2010 Haiti quake. Haitians are among this country's major immigrant groups, with significant numbers in Florida, New York and MA. But neither he nor the White House disputed the most controversial of his remarks: using the word "s--hole" to describe Africa nations and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead. Trump did not explain how that fits with his administration's decision to end temporary legal status for almost 60,000 Haitian immigrants.

Trump then denied he said "anything derogatory" about Haitians or Haiti except that it's a "very poor and troubled country".

The government of Rwanda says it regrets to have heard what it calls "painful comments" from US President Donald Trump targeting some African countries. Trump said, people briefed on the meeting told The Washington Post.

Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love, whose family descended from Haiti, called the president's comments "unkind, divisive [and] elitist". In Brockton, Mass., Jean Bradley Derenoncourt, a newly sworn in city council member who fled the quake in 2010, called the remarks a "disgrace".

"My hope is that it will inspire individuals to say I'm going to live my life to prove them wrong, that statement wrong, the misconceptions wrong, or the labels wrong", Jacques said. "My blood is boiling right now".

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"This was not the language used", Trump said in a tweet.

For instance, a 2016 Pew Research Center poll found that 59 percent of Americans said immigrants "strengthen our country due to their hard work and talents", compared to 33 percent who said immigrants "are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing, and health care". The African Union, through its member States, values the strategic partnership with the U.S. About 50 Haitian Americans are elected officials nationwide.

That steady supply of new immigrants is why America remains the most influential and important country in the world - economically, militarily, culturally, scientifically, and in so many other ways.

US President Donald Trump sought Friday to quell a global firestorm over his reported denunciation of immigration from "s***hole countries" - a slur slammed at home and overseas as racist. The agenda is clear: Immigration should be as limited as possible, and if we have to allow in anyone at all, it's much better if they're white.

It was not the first time Trump has offended the community, however.

Durbin, speaking to reporters on Friday, contradicted Trump's claim.

Trump's mental state has become an issue of concern recently following revelations in a recent book: "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", written by Michael Wolff.

In a statement it said it had asked the U.S. government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there.

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