African Union: Trump 's---hole' remarks dishonor 'American creed'

African Union: Trump 's---hole' remarks dishonor 'American creed'
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The African Union is demanding an apology from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE after his vulgar remarks that the United States should not accept immigrants from "shithole countries."

The group, which represents the 55 countries on the African continent, said that Trump's remarks "dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity," and that the administration has a "huge misunderstanding" of the continent.

Trump's comments were also condemned by a group of African ambassadors to the United Nations, who demanded a retraction and apology.

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The group called the remarks "outrageous, racist and xenophobic" while thanking those Americans who had condemned the remarks.

The criticisms were part of a worldwide outcry against Trump's remarks during a private meeting with lawmakers in the White House on Thursday. While Trump said he used tough language in talking about immigration, he denied using the vulgar term to refer to Haiti — one of the countries reportedly denigrated.

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinTrump AG pick: I won't be 'bullied' by anyone, including the president Live coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing Senate Dems set to take aim at new Trump attorney general pick MORE (D-Ill.), one of the lawmakers who attended the meeting, insisted Trump had used "hateful" language in the meeting, and said press reports quoting Trump as using the term "shithole" were accurate.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE (R-S.C.), who Durbin said had confronted Trump over the remark, also released a statement saying he had spoken up to Trump about remarks he disagreed with, though he did not directly confirm Trump's comments.

The outcry over Trump's remarks dominated news coverage on Friday and has complicated efforts to reach a deal on immigration.

Lawmakers and the White House are seeking a deal that would prevent the deportation of young immigrants known as "Dreamers" who under former President Obama could apply for permission to work and stay in the United States.