Trump denies using crude words against migrants
Jan 12, Washington DC: The US President Donald Trump today denied using insultive words about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
According to reports, he had called them "shithole countries" in an Oval Office meeting generated a backlash worldwide.One UN official called the remarks racist and said they opened "the door to humanity's worst side".
Trump has tweeted that "this was not the language" he used in a meeting about immigration and He wrote that the language he used was "tough, but this was not the language used".
Trump's alleged remark came during a meeting where both Republican and Democratic lawmakers had visited him on Thursday to propose a deal on immigration.Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the US should instead be taking in migrants from countries like Norway.
He was quoted as saying: "Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out."
Botswana summoned the US ambassador to "express its displeasure" at what it called "highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist" comments.The African Union (AU) said it was "frankly alarmed" by Mr Trump's statement.
Rupert Colville, a UN human rights spokesman, said: "If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States. I'm sorry but there is no other word for this but racist."
The Oslo Times International News Network