Donald Trump must apologise for comments - African Union
- Author: Leroy Wright Jan 13, 2018,
Jan 13, 2018, 7:53
Using vulgar language, Trump on Thursday questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and shithole countries in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal.
In Thursday's meeting, lawmakers reportedly proposed restoring so-called Temporary Protected Status (TPS) permits for certain countries, while offering $1.5bn (£1.1bn) for a wall that Mr Trump wants built on the U.S. border with Mexico.
Echoed Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine: "These comments are highly inappropriate and out of bounds and could hurt efforts for a bipartisan immigration agreement".
El Salvador's foreign ministry said the USA president had "implicitly" accepted the use of "harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries".
Africans and Haitians come from "shithole" countries?
"For once, we are all on the same page", an ambassador told AFP.
Some Democrats in Congress pounced the night before, including Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Chicago, a leading advocate for immigrants; Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg, who was born in New Delhi, India, and came to the U.S.as an infant; and Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston. He said Trump's comments notwithstanding, it was diplomats' obligation to send the message to other countries that the United States cares "greatly about the people that are there".
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) accused the president of falling "deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of racism and xenophobia".
The president tweeted later on Friday: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
Trump was an active Twitter user even two years before his presidential candidacy when he asserted a connection between crime and racial and ethnic groups, without evidence backing the claim.
Since launching his bid for the presidency in 2015, Trump has ensnared himself in controversy on several occasions over comments he's made on everything from relations with Mexico to questioning the citizenship of America's first black president.
Graham said he pushed back at the president - an account that was backed up by Illinois Democratic Sen.
"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", union spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.
The comment exploded Thursday afternoon, freezing for now negotiations over an immigration deal that would protect some undocumented immigrations from deportation.
Blumenthal, DeLauro and other Democrats are attempting to link the fate of 800,000 youthful beneficiaries of the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals - 8,000 in CT - to a spending agreement that must be reached by January 19 to head off a government shutdown.
On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that he used "tough" language at the meeting, but not the reported vulgarity.
Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein, in charge of US public diplomacy, said Trump has the right to "make whatever remark he chooses", calling it the benefit of being president.
State Rep. Robert Asencido (D-Miami) believes Trump's remarks will make it more unsafe for US diplomats, military, businesses and tourists to travel overseas.
"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday", said Graham, who was part of a bipartisan proposal on immigration that Trump rejected at the meeting. When I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians? The president said he has a wonderful relationship with Haitians and suggested future meetings probably should be recorded. There is no transcript or recording of that meeting.
"Donald Trump is a racist and indecent man with no good values who is woefully unfit and undeserving of the office in which he serves".
Some Republicans were also unhappy.