President Trump criticised for insulting African nations over immigration

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US President Donald Trump is being criticised for allegedly labelling a number of African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with lawmakers.

According to various sources present at the Oval Office meeting, where the issue of US immigration was being discussed, the president complained about receiving immigrants from countries in Africa, Haiti and El Salvador.

Trump ‘slams’ immigrants from Africa

Major US publications like CNN and The Washington Post ran with similar quotes of the President’s comments on Friday, albeit cited from third-party sources. The president allegedly grew frustrated with lawmakers at the private meeting on Thursday over a bipartisan immigration deal.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump is quoted as saying by The Washington Post, “according to several people briefed on the meeting”.

The alleged comments are in reference to immigrants arriving in the US from a number of African nations, plus Haiti and El Salvador. The president went on to suggest the United States should be taking more people from countries like Norway after meeting with the countries prime minister, Erna Solberg, on Wednesday.

White House denies comments

The White House has since denied the allegations that Trump used the word “shithole” specifically, but stopped short of suggesting the president didn’t use any derogatory language at all.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen insisted she “did not hear that word used,” speaking under oath before a Senate committee at Capitol Hill on Tuesday morning. When asked if he used any similar term or vulgar language to describe certain countries, she neither confirmed nor denied.

“The conversation was very impassioned,” she said. “The president used tough language in general, as did other congressmen in the room.”

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.