Maryland lawmakers, Mayor Pugh condemn Trump's comments on immigrants

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It also underlined the strong historical ties between the two countries and urged the United States to respect the dignity of its "noble and courageous" people.

The African Union's mission to the U.S.in Washington, D.C. said Friday it was "frankly alarmed" and shared its "shock, dismay and outrage" following President Donald Trump's remarks on immigration from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, a group he called "shithole countries".

Lemon played a tape of Trump's proclamation announcement, made only one day after reports of the president calling African nations "sh*thole countries".

Reports earlier quoted Trump, in an Oval Office meeting on Thursday, as asking why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s**thole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.

His remarks have quickly spread around the world, provoking strong reactions, including those from the United Nations.

The New Yorker responded to President Donald Trump's reported "shithole" comment by giving a sneak peek of its upcoming magazine cover.

Earlier, El Salvador sent a note of protest to the USA government condemning Trump's alleged remarks.

On Friday, Mr Trump on Friday tweeted that his language he used at the private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration legislation had been "tough".

Dick Durbin, who was in the room with Trump when he made the remark, said that the president did use "vile, vulgar" language including the word "shithole". He tweeted Friday that he used "tough" language but "not that language", which was being taken as a denial of the "sh*thole" comment, although Mr. Trump did not specifically reference that phrase in his denial. But 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 the president speak yesterday.

Even Sen. Lindsey Graham, a frequent Trump critic who seems to have come around to the president lately, didn't directly accuse the president of using the term, but he didn't deny it either.

The Union of African States has been equally "concerned" by Trump's rhetoric. He followed up by reportedly questioning why the USA couldn't accept more immigrants from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister Trump recently met.

Other Haitians in South Florida called the words from the president hurtful.

Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin, who is of Haitian ancestry, said Friday that Trump is misinformed about the island nation, the first independent country founded by freed slaves.

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