Some media figures call Donald Trump racist after profane remarks

Angelo Anderson
January 13, 2018

Using vulgar language, Trump on Thursday questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal.

The tweet from Clinton, who fought bitterly with Trump in the 2016 presidential race, came a day after reports surfaced that Trump demanded to know why the US admits so many immigrants from "shithole countries", like Haiti, El Salvador and several in Africa.

Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday.

The president met on Thursday with Senators Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, and Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of IL.

Africans were shocked on Friday to find President Donald Trump had finally taken an interest in their continent. It is a attractive story of America, and that is a great story and that is the story we have today and that is a story we had yesterday and that is what makes this country so exceptional and unique in the first place.

Trump previously said in private meetings that Haitians "all have AIDS" and that people from Africa would never "go back to their huts" once they had seen the US,.

Among others, United Nations spokesperson Rupert Coleville said Trump's reported word choice to refer to nations of non-white people is unequivocally "racist".

Haiti's ambassador in Washington has also asked for an apology, as Trump reportedly specifically questioned the protections granted to Haitian immigrants after the quake.

In a statement attributed to him in media reports, Mr. Trump referred to them as "s***hole countries" during an interaction with lawmakers at the White House on Thursday on immigration. Compared to immigrants from the 15 other European nations that contributed to this great wave of arrivals, "the Norwegians held the lowest paid occupations in the USA", says Boustan.

"What do we want Haitians here for?" the president asked, according to the people briefed.

As a result, the Mission said, "there is a serious need for dialogue" between the Trump administration and African countries.


"It's too much for an objective journalist to call the president a racist", Graham said.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., who also attended the meeting, did not address the comments in a statement issued by his office on Friday.

The African Union, an organisation which promotes cooperation on the continent, said it was alarmed by Mr Trump's "very racist" comments.

Although the president denied making any derogatory comments, most in the Haitian community are not buying it.

The administration announced past year that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed almost 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the U.S.in the wake of a devastating 2010 quake. "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries". The Washington Post, which originally reported the story, had no problem with the word (though it didn't use it in today's print headline): "When the president says it, we'll use it verbatim", says Post Executive Editor Marty Baron.

Durbin said Friday that he had hoped for White House approval of the bipartisan deal.

Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" after triggering global outrage.

"As someone from South Shithole, Trevor is deeply offended by the president's remarks", The Daily Show tweeted of its South African-born host, Trevor Noah.

The World Bank on Friday tweeted that sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth this year is forecast at 3.2 percent.

Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Haitians?"

"This is even more hurtful given the historical reality of just how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, and also terribly surprising as the United States remains a massively positive example as just how migration can give birth to a nation", Kalondo said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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