Trump's Vulgar Comments on Africa, Haiti Shameful — UN Official

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Trump questioned why the USA should accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa over places like Norway.

Trump's comments are extremely offensive to South Africa, said Jessie Duarte, a senior official with the ruling African National Congress. Several countries called in USA ambassadors for an explanation and to remonstrate with them over the President's language. John McCain of Arizona declaring the comments counter to the very "essence of American patriotism".

The tweet came hours after a bombshell report about Trump's comments, which the White House did not immediately deny. I would want people from Norway, and I would want people from Haiti.

Trump's contemptuous blanket description of African countries startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist.

Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of IL on Friday said Trump had indeed made the comments about 's***hole countries'.

"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".

Larrieux, one of the more than 20,000 Haitian TPS recipients in South Florida who now faces deportation, said she had given candidate Trump the benefit of the doubt.

"Our nation's strength and the American Dream stem from our immigrant roots and diversity".

Key to any reform would be ending chain migration, as well as funding a wall on the United States border with Mexico.

Adonia Simpson, a program director with the nonprofit Americans for Immigrant Justice, said Trump's remarks had filled Miami's Haitian community with "a lot of disappointment, hurt and anger".

"Good morning from the greatest most handsome "sthole country" in the world!"

After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the group said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the USA administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color". To no surprise, the President started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the U.N. Human Rights Office, calls Trump's remarks clearly racist. Espaillat immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic, located next to Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. Tom Cotton and David Perdue, said they "do not recall the President saying these comments specifically".

Trump insisted Friday that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

We expect President Trump to speak strongly and passionately on the Key issue of immigration, and the Democrats to try to derail his momentum to a resolution of the issue.

The source said two different remarks by the president had been conflated.

Durbin said Friday that he had hoped for White House approval of the bipartisan deal. In the 1980s, the USA government-claiming that Haitian pigs had swine fever-participated in the extermination of almost every native black pig, which represented some families' entire life savings. "Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems". Donald Trump, for his part, is golfing today.

Parsing the President's comments does little to mitigate their damage, critics said. "No President in the last 100 years has reduced America's moral authority as he has".

In the current case of Haiti and certain African countries, where USA immigration policy is taking its cue from Trumps ignorant and racist opinions, Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the Caribbean have an acute responsibility to denounce Trumps vile language and well-documented attitudes.

In their statement, the African ambassadors said they were concerned "about the continuing and growing trend from the United States administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color".

Africans of all stripes took to social media. "Every penny of the $7 billion going to Africa as per Obama will be stolen - corruption is rampant!" he tweeted in 2013. "Beautiful, hardworking people. We have diamonds, gold, iron, cobalt, uranium, copper, bauxite, silver, petroleum, cocoa, coffee, tea etc".

"On this day, we remember Haiti".

Samantha Power, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, wrote on Twitter that she had "never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United Nations".

Instead, Trump had also invited some of Congress' hard-line opponents of the bipartisan agreement being put together by the six-member working group led by Durbin and Graham.

"Good morning from the greatest most handsome "shithole country" in the world!" "It really is unfathomable", said Jimmy Kimmel.

Mr Trump's comments came as Mr Durbin was presenting details of the compromise plan that included providing 1.6 billion USA dollars (£1.2 billion) for the first instalment of the president's long-sought border wall.

In an interview with NPR, Haiti's ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, said he was "surprised and disappointed" in Trump's remarks.

Late Night host Seth Meyers walked off set in despair at the news and Jimmy Kimmel was blunt: "We voted for a racist".

"These type of statements do not help in enforcing the relationship between Haiti and the U.S.".

As outrage spread, the USA government's own Africa Media Hub tried to put out the flames.

"We're diluting that word [racism]", he said.

"I spoke with President Jovenel Moise about the issue, and, of course, the president condemns such language and he is shocked", Altidor remarked, adding that the United States charge d'affaires in Haiti had been summoned to explain the USA president's remarks.

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