Haiti govt summons U.S. official to explain Trump's 's***hole' remark

Haiti govt summons U.S. official to explain Trump's 's***hole' remark

An hour after Trump's first vague denial on Thursday, he followed up with a more specific reference to the Post report, but still failed to directly address the "shithole" comment.

"Before I share what specifically he said, I'd like you to keep in mind, this is an actual quote from the actual President of the United States", he said.

"Ours is not a shithole country, neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", Jessie Duarte, the deputy secretary general of the ANC, said at a news conference in South Africa's Eastern Cape province. 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. Someone else in the room responded: "Because if you do, it will be obvious why".

He grew frustrated when senators discussed the nations as part of an immigration deal before exclaiming: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

Mia Love, whose family came from Haiti, called the president's comments "unkind, divisive [and] elitist".

According to several news outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, Trump reportedly questioned why the United States should accept immigrants from "s-hole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa.

After the meeting, Marc Short, Trump's legislative aide, said the White House was nowhere near a bipartisan deal on immigration. The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society".

Mr Trump's reported remarks were remarkable even by the standards of a president who has been accused by his foes of racist attitudes and has routinely smashed through public decorum that his modern predecessors have generally embraced.

Spokesman Raj Shah told the Associated Press in a statement that while "certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, " Trump "will always fight for the American people".

He has pledged to cut legal immigration by half while he infamously promised a "Great Wall" along the Mexican border.

United Nations human rights office spokesman Robert Colville told reporters that the comments could "potentially damage and disrupt the lives of many people".

US President Donald Trump is out for a merit-based immigration system
US President Donald Trump is out for a merit-based immigration system

Mr Trump has denied using the vulgar expression, saying: "This was not the language used", but United Nations spokesman Rupert Colville said: "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes".

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

Uganda's state minister for global relations, Henry Okello Oryem, calls Trump's remarks "unfortunate and regrettable".

Trump instead inquired why the U.S. couldn't admit more immigrants from countries such as Norway, whose Prime Minister he met on Wednesday, and from Asian countries, who Trump believes might be of benefit to the economy in the United States.

In Lagos, Nigeria, IT worker Mayowa Okuwade said: "I think every African country should just learn from this and probably just stay in their country and work with their resources ... I am very much sure things will get better".

Some quickly chose to own Mr Trump's apparently vulgar language or throw it back in his face.

"He wrote: "@realDonaldTrump, your mouth is the foulest shithole in the world. He tweets that it would force the U.S.

Botswana's government is calling President Donald Trump's vulgar comment on immigrants from African nations and Haiti "reprehensible and racist".

It's not the first time reports have surfaced of Trump speaking unfavorably about immigrants, and Haitians in particular.

A senior Trump administration official says the top USA diplomat in Haiti has been summoned to meet with Haiti's president to explain President Donald Trump's remark about immigrants.

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