Catholic leaders condemn Trump remarks about Haiti, Africa

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

"When it came to the issue of 'chain migration, ' I said to the president, 'Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?' African Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains". "Why do we need more Haitians".

But in another tweet on Friday the president denied that he insulted Haitians.

Trump took to Twitter on Friday to deny that he actually said what other people in the room described. Trump said, suggesting that more immigrants be brought into the country from places like Norway or Asia.

The newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, wrote about the comment in a front-page article about the immigration debate in the United States.

UN Spokesman Rupert Colville said Trump's comments, if confirmed, were "shocking and shameful" and opened the door to "humanity's worst side and go against universal values". Doron teaches WSSU students about the Haitian Revolution and its lingering effects on African countries.

On Friday, the president tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he didn't say anything derogatory about Haitians aside from noting Haiti is a poor country.

Another source familiar with the meeting said Mr Trump was questioning why the United States should take in unskilled labourers from the countries under discussion and should instead welcome immigrants from nations that can offer skilled workers. But I just don't have the patience for this hyperventilation.

He reportedly asked, according to the Washington Post, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

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The president's remarks angered several countries, prompting them to issue strongly-worded statements condemning his comment. And other Trump backers made clear they wanted to steer clear of questions about whether the president is a racist.

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The reports prompted outrage and accusations of racism from people in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren called Trump's comments racist, vile and disgusting in a Facebook post Friday and took the opportunity to talk about a child who was in Haiti when the quake it.

Mr Trump continued: "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians". He said these hateful things and he said them repeatedly. And she called on Trump to apologize to the American people.

Members of his own Republican party have also distanced themselves from Trump's comments.

Judge Hatchett adds, "The comments yesterday, by President Trump, were absolutely, absolutely disgusting".

"Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who attended the meeting, said in a statement that they "do not recall the president saying these comments specifically".

The group's mission in Washington DC expressed its "shock, dismay and outrage" and said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans. "I would tell him before he talks, he needs to think before he says something", he said.

El Salvador, also facing an end to protected status for its 200,000 citizens living in the United States, sent a formal letter of protest to the USA government over the comments.

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