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Civil Rights icon: Trump's profane comments about immigrants were 'despicable'

14 January 2018

After Trump was asked at Thursday's White House meeting if the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa, the president reportedly questioned why people from "s***hole countries" are coming to America.

These comments come after a backlash the US government has suffered from most African countries over the "shithole" comment by US President Donald Trump.

The Associated Press, however, reported that Trump privately defended the alleged comment, arguing it wasn't racist but "straightforward".

In 2009 Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, chose Ghana's capital Accra to set out his foreign policy goals for Africa in a speech in which he said he saw Africa "as a fundamental part of our interconnected world". If my job is to report the truth, the truth is, what the president said was hurtful.

Sen. Dick Durbin, the lone Democrat in the meeting, confirmed the comments Friday morning, calling the words "hate filled, vile and racist". He also reportedly said Haitians "all have AIDS", according to New York Times. President Donald Trump's words describing the glorious people of Africa, El Salvador and Haiti are far worse than mere insensitivity or even nationalism.

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Siplin's district includes Orlando's tourist district, where many Haitian immigrants are employed.

"All of you who over the last few years have uttered that exhausted, lazy, uninformed, uneducated response of calling me and others who point out racist behavior "racists, ' you know what you can go do?" The president said he has a wonderful relationship with Haitians and suggested future meetings probably should be recorded.

"I read those comments later last night, the first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful", the Wisconsin Republican said Friday at the WisPolitics Luncheon in Milwaukee. He pointed to Trump's 2015 comments on Mexican immigrants, who Trump said are "rapists" and bringing drugs and crimes to the U.S. "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. countries which are doing badly".

"When you're doing that well and you have that many accomplishments, don't you want people to be talking about your accomplishments?" "When the question was raised about Haitians, for example, we have a group that have temporary protected status in the United States because they were the victims of crises and disasters and political upheaval".

Civil Rights icon: Trump's profane comments about immigrants were 'despicable'