Orange County commissioner condemns Trump's Haiti remarks

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In the meeting, Trump reportedly questioned why the United States would provide protections for people in Haiti and African nations, calling them "shithole countries".

"If you look at all we have in Africa, South Africa is one of the developed countries". She is also now secretary general for La Francophonie, a coalition of 58 French-speaking countries, including several African nations.

El Salvador, also facing an end to protected status for its 200,000 citizens living in the United States, sent a formal letter of protest to the U.S. government over the comments.

The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. David Perdue, Republicans who've been close allies to the President on the issue of immigration, were also in the meeting but issued a carefully worded statement after Trump tweeted Friday morning that the description of his remarks was not accurate. The details of the proposal have not been publicised, but the President said: "The so-called bipartisan DACA deal. was a big step backwards".

He described his language as tough but not derogatory. Durbin maintains that he heard the comments firsthand, as do other sources.

He also denied demanding that Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was there, told reporters yesterday that Mr Trump used "vile, vulgar" language.

Also angered by the comments was IL state Sen.

The group is "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media", a statement added, demanding a "retraction and an apology".

The two men said they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically" but also didn't deny he said them. Other lawmakers have remained noticeably silent.

Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, called the remarks "unfortunate" and "unhelpful".

In a statement on Facebook, Clinton - who worked in Haiti following the devastating 2010 natural disaster - said the Caribbean nation's struggles do "not make them the country the president described".

"Trump is a disgusting racist, sexist sociopath and bad for the country", one Twitter user wrote.

Jean, who was born in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and is now secretary general of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, called Trump's reported remarks "insulting".

President Macky Sall of Senegal said, "Africa and the black race merit the respect and consideration of all".

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