Trump Says He Has a "Wonderful Relationship With Haitians" After "Shithole" Comments

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

The bust of civil rights activist and leader Martin Luther King draped with a wreath of flowers to commemorate his birthday which is observed as a federal holiday next Monday, in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

But Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, whom Durbin said had voiced objection to Trump's comments during the meeting, issued a statement that did not dispute the remarks. But Trump tweeted Friday that he never said "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". Lindsey Graham, a Republican, joined other lawmakers who had been working on immigration legislation of their own at the White House Thursday.

Two Republican senators present released a statement saying they did not recall the now infamous remarks (one is jockeying for the President to appoint him the next Director of the CIA).

In 2017, as president, he came under fire for saying there were "many fine people" on both sides of the Charlottesville protest which included white supremacists.

The government of Botswana asked the United States government to clarify if Botswana was regarded as a "shithole country" and called his comments "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist".

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on prison reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, yesterday.

And people including Rantt News's co-founder and editor-in-chief Ahmed Baba, University of Pennsylvania assistant professor Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and author and journalist Jonathan M. Katz have been educating with Twitter threads on exactly why Trump's alleged comments are harmful, inaccurate, racist, and anti-black.

"And that's when things deteriorated rapidly", Durbin said. "'Take them out" - meaning take them out of the [temporary protected status immigration] deal".

Governments across Africa and around the world continue to remain silent in the face of Trump's behaviour due to the residing belief that the United States still has a leadership role to play.

According to news reports, he then suggested that we bring more people from other countries like Norway. According to a New York Times article, he once said Haitian immigrants "all have AIDS" and that Nigerians live in "huts".

When the discussion turned to African nations, the sources said Mr Trump asked why he would want "all these people from s***hole countries", adding that the USA should admit more people from places such as Norway, whose Prime Minister, Ms Erna Solberg, he met on Wednesday.

Durbin said, "We have seven days and the clock is ticking".

President Donald Trump makes incendiary remarks, and the rest of us, well a good majority, are outraged. "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States". (In his statement on the Access Hollywood tape, Trump also said, "Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course.") Suddenly, we're all just supposed to accept that this is how "real men" talk. America is only liberty's surest guardian when we remain true to our highest ideals. Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness.

Durbin, speaking to reporters on Friday, contradicted Trump's claim. As CNN anchor Don Lemon said so pointedly last night on air, "This is CNN Tonight".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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