President Donald Trump says he wants immigrants to come to the USA from "everywhere", despite having said behind closed doors that he'd prefer more immigrants from countries like Norway and not Africa.
"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.
Graham outlined his vision of reforming immigration, which would begin with what Trump called "phase one" where those under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would be protected in exchange for starting to improve border security.
Some lawmakers on January 14, denied President Trump called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations "shithole countries", as debate over an immigration deal continues and Congress faces a government shutdown. Mr. President close the deal.
Administration officials and lawmakers spent the holiday weekend debating the precise presidential vulgarity used, and moved to cast last Thursday's White House meeting as a salty affair, with expletives flying in all directions. Graham said Trump had been badly served by his staff and the situation had turned into an "s-show".
Africa should also be careful not to take the bait - there is a general sense of disquiet within the American political establishment with the sudden rise of a mogul to the White House. Few Republicans present during the meeting condemned his remarks, though Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin, Ill., the lone Democrat present, said that the president's denial was false and that Trump "said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist".
Jackson said Trump urged the doctor to "answer every question" the media had before he stepped up to the podium, and he did so with gusto during an nearly hour-long briefing with the media, in a remarkable show of transparency.
First Lady Melania Trump did not attend the event. "I don't know if there is going to be a shutdown", he said. "The president simply, as he looked at the deal, he wants a good deal and he wants to right deal".
I suppose I should also mention that Trump now denies making the statements, but there is absolutely no reason to believe him.
Many Democrats have said they will not vote for spending legislation to keep the federal government funded past a Friday deadline without an immigration deal, and Republicans will need at least some Democratic votes to pass the funding extension in the Senate.
"What happened between 10 and 12?"
Trump was meeting with lawmakers about a potential deal on immigration last week when he questioned why the USA should admit more people from Africa and Haiti.
"I've lost all trust in Durbin", Trump said. "I want him back".
In a hearing Tuesday, Graham said Trump expressed openness to an immigration deal, only to reject it hours later.
Left to its own devices, the State Department came up with its own talking points to be used by US missions in Africa working to stem the damage, said a USA official, who wasn't authorized to disclose internal deliberations and demanded anonymity. We know his role. The two men initially said publicly that they could not recall what the president said.
US President Donald Trump has said he wants immigrants to come from everywhere even as the White House pushes for a merit-based immigration system.
Nielsen defended Trump's rejection of Durbin and Graham, saying their proposal for $1.6 billion for a border wall and $1.2 billion for technological investments was not enough.
"Lindsey - he meant well - but I said, 'Well, how many Republicans agree with this?'" Trump said. Not what they said they wanted, not what they said they wanted.