Trump describes Haiti, African countries as 'sh**tholes' during immigration meeting

Jan 13, 2018, 06:49

In a meeting on immigration on Thursday, President Donald Trump used damning language in reference to immigrants from Africa, Haiti and other "shithole countries". "Do we need more Haitians?".

One person briefed on the meeting said when Durbin brought up the subject of Haiti, Trump questioned it in vulgar terms and added that the us should get more people from countries like Norway. The Southern African country has called other SADC members to condemn the remarks made by President Trump.

"Listen, I'm sure the fact that countries he described as sh-holes are mostly populated by people of color and the immigrants he wants from Norway are not is a coincidence", Kimmel said. Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.

The Botswana government has issued a statement criticising United States of America president Donald Trump for calling Africa "shithole countries" due to excessive immigration from the block.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump tweeted early Friday. And it's not like during the campaign you didn't tell a group of Haitian-Americans, "I really want to be your biggest champion".

Durbin rejected Trump's characterization of the meeting.

Trump and the lawmakers had been discussing a visa lottery program that annually allows as many as 50,000 citizens from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the USA to reside in the United States legally, as well as programs that temporarily protect certain immigrants from deportation that the White House is ending.

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said. Trump is also considering an idea to record all of his future meetings in order to prevent any speculation surrounding his remarks. And he said them repeatedly'. Obama has frequently spoken about the importance of respecting the "peaceful transition of power", which helps explain the shift in his direct attacks on Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign versus his more veiled critiques post-Election Day.

But Durbin did not waver on Trump's use of the vulgarity for African nations.

Mr. Trump's reported remarks are the latest example of the president's use of racially tinged language about immigrants.

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