Cuba condemns Trump's "racist" statements on Haiti, El Salvador

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

President Jovenel Moise's government issued a strongly worded statement.

Another Republican Representative, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Cuba and whose south Florida district includes many Haitian immigrants, said: "Language like that shouldn't be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House".

African politicians and diplomats labelled US President Donald Trump a racist on Friday (local time) after he was reported to have described some immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from "s***hole" countries.

Trump later added, "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Donald Trump may prefer immigrants from Norway rather than from what he reportedly called "shithole" countries such as Haiti or those in Africa.

Following an emergency session of the African diplomats, Pobee added that the group "is concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the United States administration towards Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour".

Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who was in the meeting, said Friday that Trump did say "these hateful things and he said them repeatedly".

"He didn't shock me that he would say something like that", said Roy Doron, an associate professor of history at WSSU.

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

Fort Myers Councilman Johnny Streets said he is hearing from Haitians in his ward.

The Haitian Ambassador to the U.S., Paul Altidor, told NPR: "We've been a strong neighbor". Trump has denied using the phrase.

"I do appreciate their support and I'd like to continue their support and not be distracted by any false messages that can be propagated about Haitian people", he said.

El Salvador's foreign ministry said the U.S. president had "implicitly" accepted the use of "harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries".

"The statement that he made is not from the entire America, it is from only one person", Charitable said.

"But they have no confirmation yet", Saati said.

The answer is because they are human beings who want a better life, just as Mr Trump's forebears wanted when they went to America.

The worldwide community was also quick to respond to the reported comments, with Djenane Gourgue, of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, saying she is not letting Trump's remarks affect her anymore, adding "his actions can probably hurt more".

"I think it was stupid and irresponsible and childish", said Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho.

No matter how much some conservative supporters of Trump believe the United States should adopt an isolationist stance, walling off borders and refusing to deal with the rest of the world, it's not possible.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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