Trump's disparaging remarks bring some Miami Haitians to tears

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump Joshua Roberts Reuters

Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday and a USA senator who attended the gathering said on Friday that the president used "vile, vulgar" language, including repeatedly using the word "s***hole".

President Trump is getting backlash for comments he reportedly made in the oval office during a meeting about immigration.

President Trump tweeted he never said anything derogatory about Haitians, other than Haiti is a very poor and troubled country.

Trump denied that he ever used the term "shithole countries" to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, though he admitted using "tough" language in the meeting. The comment degraded immigrants from Haiti and other African countries.

But people in the Nordic nation - past year named the happiest place on earth - have no desire to move to the USA, according to a report on Norwegian national TV.

The Vatican newspaper on Friday branded US President Donald Trump's reported comments about African countries and Haiti as "particularly harsh and offensive".

The church says they have been working with refugees in Haiti since the island was struck by a 7.0 magnitude quake that killed more than 220,000 people in 2010.

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", White House spokesman Raj Shah told reports on Thursday.

US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said: "The first thing that came to mind was very unfortunate and unhelpful". "It would be futile to mask the word when the language itself, in reference to Haiti and African countries, was so extraordinary", John Daniszewski, A.P.'s vice president for standards said. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" "I want to see the tape". I will not be diverted from all possible efforts to continue negotiating to stop the deportations. "When the question was raised about Haitians, for example, we have a group that have temporary protected status in the United States because they were the victims of crises and disasters and political upheaval".

Mr Trump also asks why America is not taking in people from Norway.

"We do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest".

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