Murphy, other NJ leaders blast Trump's 'racist' comments on Haiti

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

Once again, the US President Donald Trump placed himself at odds with United States' news outlets, this time disputing his alleged use of the slur "shithole countries" to describe developing nations during an Oval Office meeting on Thursday. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made".

The comments, first reported by The Washington Post, sparked anger among Democrats and Republicans and revived questions about Trump's tendency to make racially charged remarks. The White House did not deny them.

Headlines to the likes of "Trump slurs Haitians, Africans" and "Trump's vulgar immigration comment alarms lawmakers" splashed across major USA newspaper front pages.

The government of Haiti said in a statement it was "deeply shocked and outraged" by Trump's remark - and called it "racist".

"For this president to say that that country is a sh-thole, I felt like he was talking about my father-in-law, my husband, our children, because they are Haitian", she continued.

"I find President Trump's reported comments about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries unacceptable and inaccurate", Siplin said.

"We sent guidance to our folks and told them that we must reiterate that we have great respect for the people of Africa and all nations, and our commitment remains strong", he said.

The latest controversy for Trump comes as he announced that he would not be making an official visit to the United Kingdom, declining an invitation to open the new U.S. embassy in London, after describing the new move as " a bad deal".

Durbin said Trump and his supporters in the room also "scoffed" when he said that ending chain migration would break up families.

"I want safety and security for our people", he added, criticizing the proposed bipartisan deal.

Mexico's former president, Vicente Fox, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, said in a colorful tweet that "America's greatness was built on diversity".

White House aides yesterday did not dispute that the president used the word "shithole" to describe certain countries.

"The President erupted several times with questions, and in the course of his comments, said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist", Durbin told reporters, adding that he can not believe that "any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday". "Ours is not a shithole country".

"The president of the United States is racist". "You have so many people in Africa, and in South Sudan in particular, and their only hope is to find an opportunity to resettle, but when they hear comment like discourages people".

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