Trump's 'racist' comments condemned

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

Trump also reportedly followed up the remark by asking why "people from countries like Norway" don't migrate as much to the U.S.

The remarks have sparked global outrage and resulted in the governments of Senegal and Botswana summoning their USA ambassadors to explain the comments.

Altidor said he was "surprised" and "disappointed" by the statement, for which his government had yet to receive confirmation or explanation, adding that, "Once again, Haiti finds itself in the midst of very negative narrative here in the U.S". Never said "take them out".

Haitians on Friday pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump's reported description of the Caribbean country as a "shithole", instead celebrating a history of slave revolution and resilience on the eighth anniversary of a devastating natural disaster.

"They never took a thing from our federal government".

Trump's timing in insulting Haitians is also a raw topic: Friday is the anniversary of the quake that has precipitated years of hardship for a country that could ill afford the catastrophic series of events that followed (including a brutal, widespread cholera outbreak triggered by United Nations troops).

Mr. Trump's comments came during an Oval Office meeting on Thursday when he questioned why the United States should accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the conversation.

Reports of the president's language referring to people of colour from the other countries drew criticism from US lawmakers of both major parties and critics overseas who said they could not be described as anything but racist. "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?" "We should have more people from Norway".

Trump is claimed to have questioned why the U.S. was would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "sh**hole" countries. 'The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.

"At first you think, is it true?"

Trump's insults - along with his rejection of the bipartisan immigration deal that six senators had drafted - also threatened to further complicate efforts to extend protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were brought to this country as children and now are here illegally. Durbin said, adding that the president then went on to describe African nations as "s-tholes".

In a statement released on Thursday, the White House did not deny Trump made the remarks.

When asked what Trump had said in the meeting, Durbin said, "I can not believe that in the history of the White House and of that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday".

But Senator Dick Durbin, the only Democrat in the room, disputed the president's account.

Of that population, 21,000 people are from African nations and most of which are from western Africa. "There is no other word one can use but 'racist'". "They were unfortunate. We thought they were misguided", Altidor said.

Republican Rep. Mia Love fired back at Trump's comments as well saying, "The President' comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values".

In the USA, both Republican and Democratic politicians have condemned Trump's remarks, while the United Nations has called Trump's words "racist". But he attracts a disproportionate share of racists to support him. "And that's not the first time he's said stuff like that", Jacques said.

White supremacist leader David Duke called Trump's comments the "perfect truth" saying he should "act on it". "Do we need more Hatians?"' "If they don't, for goodness' sake, give us a vote". "Turns out they're just like us", Cox said in a Tweet that included pictures of his son with a smiling family.

President Donald Trump greets Sen.

Amid the furore the president criticized the immigration proposal. "But I'm not surprised he said that because not too long ago he said all Haitians have AIDS". The largest group, he told the president, is from El Salvador, the second largest is Honduran, and the third is Haitian.

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