South Africa protests to U.S. embassy over Trump "shithole" remark
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jan 15, 2018,
Jan 15, 2018, 13:34
"I felt so outraged".
"We had a meeting", Graham said from Capitol Hill, "and I will tell you that I'm hopeful".
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media after the Congressional Republican Leadership retreat at Camp David, Maryland, U.S., January 6, 2018.
United Nations officials and government ministers from the countries mentioned have condemned Trump, describing them as "racist".
"What Trump is doing has popped up periodically, but in modern times, no president has been so racially insensitive and shown outright disdain for people who aren't white", said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian.
"And given that so many Africans arrived in the U.S. as slaves, it is surprising from the leader of the United States to speak like this". "Why do we need more Haitians?"
In Little Haiti, the President's remarks became a part of what's usually a solemn event. Trump announced a year ago that he will end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, unless lawmakers come up with a solution by March.
"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".
"It leaves me angry". I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed.
"The Haitian people deserve better", the then-candidate said. "The Democrats are the ones that aren't going to make a deal".
But Trump's leaked remarks during an immigration meeting Thursday calling Africa a bunch of "shithole countries," coupled with his contradictory tweets that same day about a House bill authorizing foreign surveillance on USA soil, underscored his administration's continued struggle with public messaging almost one year into his presidency.
Trump's comments came as two senators presented details of a bipartisan compromise that would extend protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants _ and also strengthen border protections as Trump has insisted. He said Durbin and Republican Sen.
"We're gonna see what happens", he said.
Marleine Bastien, the organizer of Friday's event, could not bring herself to repeat the President's disparaging description of her homeland.
In a statement issued in NY, the group of over 50 nations said: "the AU expressed its disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America".
He specifically addressed the report that said he singled out Haiti during the meeting, telling lawmakers that immigrants from the island nation must be left out of any deal.
"Ours is not a shithole country, neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", said Duarte.
Trump, in his version of the meeting, spread over numerous Friday-morning tweets, complained that the "wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and United States of America would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime."-there was a break between tweets here-"countries which are doing badly". "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"