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Trump calls Haiti and African nations "shithole countries"

Trump calls Haiti and African nations

According to several reports, Trump made vulgar remarks about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries during the discussions, calling them "shithole countries" and objecting to immigrants coming from there. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday.

The New York Times recently reported that Trump had said in a separate June meeting on immigration that Haitians "all have AIDS", citing a person who attended the meeting. "Internationally, such language will deepen the isolation of the United States, a country that is already losing its global prestige". Haitians "stand tall and have dignity", he said. Mr. Trump tweeted that he used "tough" language but "not that language".

"As for Africa, he asked why more people from "(expletive removed) countries" should be allowed into the USA, the sources said. We should have more people from Norway.

Mayor Catherine Pugh said she was appalled by the President's comments.

The three Democratic and three GOP senators who'd struck their proposed deal had been working for months on how to balance those protections with Trump's demands for border security, an end to a visa lottery aimed at increasing immigrant diversity, and limits to immigrants' ability to sponsor family members to join them in America.

Democratic Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of IL said he was ashamed of Trump: "We can now say with 100% confidence that the President is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence"'.

In September 2016, the then presidential candidate Donald Trump had promised to be a "champion" for the Haitian-Americans, according to a report of the CNN."I'm running to be president of all Americans, that's everybody, and whether you vote for me or don't vote for me, I really want to be your greatest champion and I will be your champion", Trump told a small group of Haitian-Americans in Miami.He added: "The Haitian people deserve better".

"We always knew that President Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people (of) certain colors", congressman Luis Gutierrez said.

The ambassador underscored the indelicate timing of the comment, pointing out that Friday is the eighth anniversary of the 2010 natural disaster in Haiti, which is estimated to have killed well over 200,000 people.

Republican strategist and consultant Frank Luntz tweeted: "43% of immigrants from ['s***hole'] African countries have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 33% of the overall American population". Do we need more Haitians?' Then he went on and started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure.

Associated Press writers Elias Meseret in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Sam Mednick in Juba, South Sudan; Joe Mwihia in Nairobi, Kenya and Sam Olukoya in Lagos, Nigeria contributed.

President Donald Trump is insisting he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians".

President Donald Trump's dismissal of Haiti and certain African countries with a vulgar expression has created a furor.

Some African governments quickly found themselves in an awkward position. But the White House later rejected it, plunging the issue back into uncertainty just eight days before a deadline that threatens a government shutdown.



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