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UN calls out racist Donald Trump 'sh**hole countries' remark

PICTURED: Donald Trump ( Photo credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

THE UN has called out Donald Trump for describing immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from “sh*thole countries”.

The United Nations human rights office condemned the US president's comments, which prompted condemnation from around the world.

On Thursday (Jan 11), Trump questioned why the US would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, instead suggesting the US should bring more immigrants from Norway - whose prime minister he met on Wednesday (Jan 11).

"Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?” Trump said, after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from those countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, the Washington Post reported.

In a statement, the White House didn't deny the comments, but instead decided to highlight Trump’s immigration stance.

“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” said Raj Shah, a White House spokesman.

“Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”

He added that Trump will “always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway”.

Since the comments were made, commentators across the world have voiced their distain and called out Trump's racist ways.

Read some of the comments below:

It was also announced that Trump has cancelled his February visit to the UK, where he was expected to open a new $1bn (£738m) US embassy in London. It's reported that he backed out of the visit amid fears of protests.

UPDATE: Donald Trump denies the comments, stating he didn't call out 'sh*thole countries' in a meeting, according to CNN. He admits that he 'talked tough' but claims 'this was not the language used.'

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