Nikki Haley reportedly told African ambassadors she 'regretted' controversy surrounding Trump's 's---hole' remark

Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, reportedly told ambassadors of various African nations that she “regretted” the controversy that erupted as a result of President Trump’s alleged “shithole” remark in reference to some countries.

However, Newsweek notes, citing Reuters, “the chair of the 54-nation African Group at the United Nations told reporters that while the U.S. ambassador acknowledged the continent’s importance to the U.S. and said she ‘regretted’ the incident, she fell short of issuing an apology.”

According to the Washington Post, following a discussion about people coming to the U.S. from El Salvador, Haiti, and Africa, Trump said on January 11, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

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His remark sparked widespread criticism.

“It’s not how a president should speak. It’s not how a president should behave,” former Vice President Joe Biden wrote on Twitter. “Most of all, it’s not what a president should believe. We’re better than this.”

Trump appeared to offer a denial, when he tweeted, “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”

He also told reporters on Sunday, “I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”

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