Trump 's***hole' countries: What countries did Donald Trump insult with 'racist' remark?

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US President Donald Trump is reported to have referred to Haiti, El Salavador and a number of countries as "shithole countries" in a meeting with lawmakers in the White House.

US President Donald Trump is out for a merit-based immigration system.

This was part of a lengthy statement that did not directly dispute the language reportedly used in the meeting, NBC stated. But she added, "We feel like we're close".

"I work every day to make this the most welcoming state for everyone - Haitians, Cubans, Venezuelans, and others from all around the world that call Florida home".

"Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate", South African media outlet Daily Maverick wrote.

After The Washington Post first reported Mr. Trump's remarks, later confirmed by CBS News' Nancy Cordes, the White House did not deny the comment in a statement.

On Friday, Mr Trump also tweeted: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country", and claimed: "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

Trump's comments were first reported by The Washington Post, which said the nations referred to by Trump also included El Salvador.

The comments came as senators huddled in the Oval Office with the president to discuss a path forward on an immigration deal.

He adds: "I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. I can't understand how someone goes from making a statement in Little Haiti saying "I want to be the biggest champion of Haiti" to calling Haiti a 's***hole.' It makes me sick".

Asked by a Wall Street Journal reporter to clarify whether he had spoken with Kim, he replied: "I don't want to comment, I'm not saying I have or I haven't".

His comments came after two senators presented details of the bipartisan compromise that would extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, and also strengthen border protections.

South Carolina's Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, said that if Trump really did use those words it would be "disappointing". "It's a dignity many in this White House could learn from, a dignity the president, with all his money and all his power, could learn from as well". "He said these hate-filled these things and he said them repeatedly".

But nearly immediately a senator who attended the meeting said it was "the exact word used by the president - not just once but repeatedly".

The US ambassador to Panama has resigned in protest at US president Donald Trump's alleged description of African and other countries as "shitholes". He had met Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg earlier this week.

Fellow Utahan, Sen. Orrin Hatch, a staunch Trump ally, said: "I look forward to getting a more detailed explanation regarding the President's comments". The White House strenuously denied it, and the fact that the story landed on December 23 helped it escape scandal proportions.

The President's comments have drawn widespread condemnation.

Democratic Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of IL said he was ashamed of Trump: "We can now say with 100% confidence that the President is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence"'.