Members Of NYC's Haitian Community Call Trump's Reported Comments 'Offensive,' 'Ignorant'

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Another lawmaker present at the White House meeting, GOP Rep.

A source familiar with the meeting told CNN's Jake Tapper the President did not refer to Haiti as a "sh**hole" country but Trump did ask why the United States needs more Haitians and pushed to "take them out" of the deal. Robert Chiponda, a communications consultant in Lusaka, said he never took Trump seriously. "Made up by Dems", Trump wrote. He went on to say that he had "a wonderful relationship with Haitians". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" he said. "He used those words", Durbin said.

"Today I ask that all Florida elected officials stand in solidarity against President Trump's baseless and vulgar statements against foreign nations yesterday", he said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., criticized Trump's remarks during an event Friday in Milwaukee, pointing to his own Irish ancestors' migration to America.

"I read those comments later last night, the first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful", the Wisconsin Republican said at WisPolitics Luncheon in Milwaukee. "I spend a lot of time in Haiti and it as a lovely country". "You have seen the comments in the press", Durbin said.

Botswana also said it had summoned the USA ambassador to that country, Earl Miller, to "express its displeasure" and had asked Miller whether Botswana "is regarded as a "shithole" country".

"I suspect the Democrats are sitting there going, 'Why would we want to compromise with him on anything", said Simpson, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.

When asked how his uncle would have responded to Trump's comments on Thursday, Farris Jr. said that he would have urged Trump "not to refer to African countries like that". "Why don't we get more people from Norway?"

"Trump is absolutely right", said Mamady Traore, 30, a sociologist in Guinea.

In November, the Trump administration rescinded deportation protection granted to almost 60,000 Haitians after the 2010 natural disaster and told them to return home by July 2019.


But, in addition to the reports from multiple news outlets about the language used by the president, Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin confirmed the president's remarks.

The White House did not deny Trump's comments in a statement Thursday night.

The United States should seek immigrants from Norway instead, he reportedly said.

"To our brothers, sisters, and friends in immigrant communities at home and across the world, know that we stand with you.

Our bipartisan group continues to build support for the only deal in town".

This morning, the president took to Twitter to issue a quasi-denial. It's not how a president should behave.

Political strategists and pollsters said Friday that a single remark, however offensive it may be, won't sway many Trump voters' views of the president.

African politicians labeled Trump a racist, while the United Nations human rights office rejected the reported comments as "racist" and inciting xenophobia. Trump's request covers 74 miles of border wall as part of a 10-year, $18 billion proposal. Graham stated that he said his piece to the president following comments Trump made.

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice", African Union spokesperson Ebba Kalondo said.

Mr Trump's reported remarks were remarkable even by the standards of a president who has been accused by his foes of racist attitudes and has routinely smashed through public decorum that his modern predecessors have generally embraced.

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