Haiti's Ambassador To The US Responds To Donald Trump's Controversial Statements

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

Their statement came after the President tweeted Friday morning that the description of his remarks was not accurate.

"Trump denied saying anything derogatory about Haitians".

President Trump is denying reports, from NPR and other news outlets, that in a Thursday meeting at the White House, he disparaged African nations as "shithole countries" and questioned why the United States would admit immigrants from them and other nations, like Haiti. Dick Durbin (D-IL) confirmed the allegations.

Lawmakers inside the meeting quoted Trump saying "Why do we want all these people from s***hole countries coming here?" following up with suggesting the USA should instead bring more people from countries like Norway.

"We would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that about any country that has any kind of socio-economic or other difficulties", Duarte said, adding that much like their African counterparts, millions of USA citizens were affected by problems such as unemployment.

Hard-line immigration activists, who prefer the term "restrictionists", argue that the system they espouse - fewer overall migrants, an end to the family-based system that favors relatives of people already legally in the USA and a greater emphasis on picking immigrants with skills - is not racially motivated.

Democrats have been exceptionally unwilling to cut a deal with Trump on immigration, specifically on provisions that would end the wildly unpopular process of chain migration, as well as the Diversity Visa Lottery program.

In a statement released on Friday, the mission expressed its disappointment in the president of the United States and demanded a "retraction of the comment" and an "apology to Africans".

"We have pity on (Trump) for his ignorance of what the Haitian people, the emancipated slaves, brought to humanity in terms of the experience and the determination to fight for freedom", said Gabriel Fortune, mayor of the southern city of Les Cayes.

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Trump on Thursday rejected a pitch from a bipartisan team of senators on a compromise immigration deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security.

Trump's comments came as Durbin was presenting details of the compromise plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall.

In other words, we feel there is misinformation as to who we are as a community. The remarks, Durbin said, were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content". Jesse McLaren rhetorically asked Lahren "Is South Dakota a s***hole because you came out of it?" "Given historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the USA as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.

However he later tweeted: "this was not the language used". The deal was a nonstarter for conservative senators at the meeting and also for Trump.

On the streets of Lusaka, capital of the southern African country of Zambia, Trump's reported remark reinforced long-held views about the USA leader.

Colville also expressed concern for previous remarks by Trump that had what he called racial undertones, including campaign events in which the then-candidate had called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, and Trump's response a year ago to a white supremacist march saying that "both sides" deserved blame.

Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" after triggering worldwide outrage. "The positive comment on Norway makes the underlying sentiment very clear", Colville said. It's not how a president should behave.

But, he added, "I also understand the president is not a career politician, and may say things that aren't politically incorrect". Or does the GOP share the president's disdain for immigrants of color - "bad hombres" - and yearn for more Norwegians? "We're better than this", Biden wrote.

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