Donald Trump Walks Back On 's Hole Countries' Comment As UN Rights Office Issues Rebuke

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people," he said.

Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said Mr Trump's comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values."

Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Paul G. Altidor, said that “the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people.” 

Leading academics also condemned Mr Trump. “The notion that all immigrants from certain nations are a drag on the US economy is unsupported. The notion that all students from a certain nation think and behave in the same way is equally unacceptable,” said British born John Quelch, the dean of Miami Business school.

Mr Trump has called himself the "least racist person that you've ever met."

On Friday he signed a proclamation honouring Martin Luther King Day.

In a speech at the event Mr Trump said: "No matter what the colour of our skin, or the place of our birth, we are all created equal."

As he left the room the president was asked several times by journalists "Are you a racist?" but refused to answer.

Earlier, Mr Trump spoke to The Wall Street Journal, and claimed that he has developed a positive relationship with North Korea’s leader.

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