Omarosa confirms 's---hole' comments for Nigerian president
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Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanScaramucci breaks up with Trump in now-familiar pattern Press: The new Southern Strategy Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE confirmed in a tweet to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE referred to African nations as "shithole countries" in an Oval Office meeting earlier this year. 

Asked about the remarks at a White House press conference, Buhari said he did not bring the issue up during his meeting with Trump. 

“I’m not sure about, you know, the validity of whether that allegation against the president is true or not," Buhari said. “So the best thing for me is to keep quiet.” 

Reports surfaced in January that Trump called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers discussing immigration reform. 

Trump was sharply criticized over the reported remark, with the African Union saying he "dishonor[ed] the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity." 


While Trump has previously denied using the term, which was confirmed by members who were present, he said at Monday's press conference that he and Buhari did not discuss the issue during the Nigerian leader's visit. 

“We didn’t discuss it,” Trump said. “The president knows me and he knows where I’m coming from.”

“And you do have some countries that are in very bad shape and very tough places to live in,” he added. 

Manigault Newman, who served as director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, has been sharply critical of Trump since her unceremonious ouster late last year. 

She said during a stint on "Celebrity Big Brother" in February she would never "in a million years" vote for Trump again.

“It’s going to not be OK, it’s not,” she said when asked if Americans should be worried. “It’s so bad.”