Haitians on Friday pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump's reported description of the Caribbean country as a "shithole", instead celebrating a history of slave revolution and resilience on the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake.
El Salvador sent a diplomatic protest note to the United States expressing the country's "resounding rejection" of the remark, and said "El Salvador demands respect for its courageous and dignified people".
"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", the senator said.
Outrage mounted yesterday over US President Donald Trump's reported description of African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as "shithole" countries, with the United Nations slamming his comments as "racist".
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"Why do we want all these people from 'shithole countries" coming here?"
"The exact word used by the president, not just once but repeatedly", the senator said.
The pact also includes restrictions on immigrants' abilities to bring relatives to the US and termination of a visa lottery system that has helped gain entry for people from African and other diverse countries. "I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs", said the United States president, criticising the proposed bipartisan deal.
Trump tweeted Friday amid criticism over his comments during a White House meeting Wednesday.
The U.S. president's remark was "particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity", she said.
Christian Christensen, professor of journalism in Stockholm, tweeted: "Of course people from Norway would love to move to a country where people are far more likely to be shot, live in poverty, get no healthcare because they're poor, get no paid parental leave or subsidised daycare and see fewer women in political power". "To me, that's like saying, we don't want y'all brown people because you're not doing anything", she said, "We want people from Norway".
Trump's reported comments drew similar protests from the 55-nation African Union, which called them "clearly" racist, while El Salvador slammed a "deplorable" slur, and the southern African state of Botswana hauled in the USA ambassador to complain. And it prompted senators who were present at the meeting to answer questions Friday about their recollections of the startling remarks.
"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", he said.
Spokesperson Rupert Coleville said: 'If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States.