President Trump's Own Words Revive Debate Over Whether He's Racist

President Trump's Own Words Revive Debate Over Whether He's Racist

"These statements, full of hatred and contempt, produce indignation in the Cuban people, proud of the contribution given throughout its history by nationals and their descendants from different latitudes, particularly Africans and Haitians, to the forging of our nationality", said the Ministry in an official statement.

In response to President Trump's reportedly calling Haiti and regions in Africa "shithole countries", US immigrants are sharing their inspiring résumés on Twitter.

Botswana's government on Friday condemned Trump's reported disparaging remarks about developing countries, calling on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union and all other progressive nations across the world to strongly condemn the remarks.

Trump later tweeted Friday morning that he "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Trump on Friday claimed on Twitter that he didn't use the language attributed to him about Haitians, but neither he nor the White House has directly denied his comments on African countries.

'Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?' Trump said, according to two people who were briefed on the meeting and then leaked the comment to The Washington Post.

But in an editorial unlikely to help extinguish the latest firestorm in the White House, a United States publication for white supremacists gave Trump its backing. "There is no other word one can use but 'racist'". "There are millions of unemployed people in the USA, millions of people who don't have health care services or access to education and we would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that", said Jessie Duarte, the deputy secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC).

Trump's reported comments angered both Democrats and Republicans, and revived questions about his penchant for racially charged remarks.

Without directly referring to Trump's statement, it tweeted that "US remains committed to working together w/Africans to realize the promise of a more peaceful, more productive, more prosperous 21st century Africa". He was fuming about the latest bipartisan deal on immigration. In a statement, White House spokesman Raj Shah said Trump is "fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation".

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At 70 years old when he took office, Mr Trump is America's oldest president. Perry said she believed presidents should be subject to a raft of tests to establish they are fit to serve.

Trump has repeatedly denied he is a racist, declaring during the 2016 campaign that he was the "least racist person there is".

They posted family photos on social media and proudly noted immigrant relatives.

Comics riffed off the statement, with "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah, a South African native, saying, "I don't know how to break this to you, but I think the President might be racist".

The tentative deal also addresses border security, including a border wall, the diversity visa lottery and chain migration, in which US green-card holders can sponsor other family members for permanent residence in the country. In a statement, the Haitian government expressed its shock and outrage.

Trump's comments hit hard in Haiti, which on Friday marked the anniversary of a 2010 natural disaster that killed between 220,000 and 300,000 people.

"If they are to be true, we hope there will possibly be an apology for what was said here because we thought they were misplaced, they were misguided", Altidor said.

US Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez called Trump "a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution".

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