President Trump's Africa, Haiti remark criticized locally

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

Almost a year into Trump's presidency, members of Congress are still struggling to relate to the unorthodox Trump and his spontaneous, often crude remarks.

Trump on Thursday reportedly asked why the USA should permit immigrants from "s--hole countries", according to three people briefed on the oval office conversation.

Shortly afterward, one of the deal's architects, Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, fired back. "Do you have to spray paint the "N" word in the oval office or have a hood in the Lincoln bedroom to be a racist?" he asked, claiming Trump will be building this "racist and bigoted point of view" into "the very fabric of policy in this country".

"I can not believe that, in the history of the White House and that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday".

This is only the latest example of Trumps bigoted comments and approaches to issues involving race or religion. He said Twitter denials by Trump are "not true".

"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday". Now more than ever we need to hear your voices.

Donald Trump may prefer immigrants from Norway rather than from what he reportedly called "shithole" countries such as Haiti or those in Africa. Daphne Campbell says. The Miami Democrat was born in Haiti.

CNN news host Anderson Cooper has hit out at President Trump in an emotional speech in defence of Haiti after reports Trump questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from "s***hole countries" in Africa.


Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, that has protected them from deportation following the 2010 quake, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month.

Campbell and Rep. Al Jacquet (D-Lantana) are particularly discouraged by Trump's timing-just as people are making the eighth anniversary of the 2010 natural disaster that devastated Haiti.

"We saw a small window of opportunity that perhaps this could be resolved", said Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-NY, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee.

And while some officials call for an official apology, Sen.

Q. "What do you think needs to happen next?"

Similar sentiments were expressed by African nations, with the African Union saying it was "frankly alarmed" by the comments.

Greg Valliere, chief strategist at Horizon Investments, said the comments were detrimental given the already fractured discussions, since Democrats can block any spending agreement and Trump's comments solidify their stance on immigration.

Jeffress said Trump got the "sentiment" correct and he was "right on target" by questioning why the USA accepts immigrants from those countries during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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