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>> Mister President, are you a racist?>> An event to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr was overshadowed on Friday, as President Trump drew international outrage and charges of racism for referring to African Countries as quote, shitholes.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Trump's harsh remarks have putted hopes for an immigration deal on indefinite hold, and they've touched off an international firestorm.
African leaders among others are calling the leader of the free world a racist while US Diplomats are being summoned in capitals across the globe after his latest verbal bombshell.>> Trumps remarks came at a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers, who at his request had come up with a compromise on immigration.
But Trump blasted the proposal and questioned why the United States was accepting immigrants from Africa and Haiti. He said the United States should take in people from countries like Norway instead. The remarks shocked several of those in the room including the Senates number two Democrat, Dick Durbin.>> Things which were hate filled, vile and racist.
Calling the nations they come from shitholes.>> Trump denied that he used those words, even as he doubled down on the sentiment behind them, saying African nations are quote, high crime countries, and calling Haiti a quote, very poor and troubled country. Critics say it's the latest example of Trump showing scorn for people of color.
Now Haiti is asking for an apology. Botswana is asking if Trump thinks their country is a shithole, and El Salvador is pointing it out that it citizens helped rebuild the Pentagon after the September 11th attacks. Norwegians meanwhile are declining his offer to move to the front of the immigration line.
Republicans are keeping a careful distance with the November elections looming.>> Yeah, I read those comments later last night. So, first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful.>> The circumstances lend to a surreal air to Trump's attempt to honor Martin Luther King.>> No matter what the color of our skin, or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God.
>> Trump's undisciplined remarks are leaving him increasingly isolated at home and abroad. This coming as the US ambassador to Panama has handed in his resignation, saying he can no longer support the Trump administration. Meanwhile back in Congress, Republicans and Democrats are trying to hash out this immigration deal are back to square one with the atmosphere more charged than ever.