Trump denies ‘shithole countries’ comment after backlash

President Donald Trump reportedly labelled Haiti, El Salvador and other African countries as ‘shithole countries’

US President Donald Trump has denied using crude words attributed to him about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, claiming that Democrats made it up.

Reports that 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”.

But Mr Trump has tweeted that “this was not the language” he used in a meeting about immigration.

He wrote that the language he used was “tough, but this was not the language used”.

“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.

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“Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems,” he claimed.

“I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!

The Washington Post, the New York Times, Politico and the Wall Street Journal all reported the comments on Thursday, quoting eyewitnesses or people briefed on the meeting.

The White House did not deny them.

What was he reported to have said?

Mr Trump’s reported remark came as both Republican and Democratic lawmakers visited him on Thursday to propose a deal on immigration.

Mr 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.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” the Washington Post quoted him as saying.

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