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Hillary Clinton calls Trump's views "ignorant" and "racist" after president's "sh*thole" comment

14 January 2018

The African group of ambassadors to the United Nations has issued an extraordinary statement condemning the "outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks" by President Donald Trump and demanding a retraction and apology.

The AU representative said they were alarmed by Trump's "very racist" comments.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump sought Friday to quell a global firestorm over his reported denunciation of immigration from "shithole countries" - a slur slammed at home and overseas as racist.

Maravi Post established that the US President made the controversial remarks on Thursday when he questioned why the US would accept any more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than from Norway.

We're talking straight-up, go-back-to-where-you-came-from bigotry, the kind that emboldened Southern segregationists to barricade college classrooms and train firehoses on civil rights demonstrators more than half a century ago.

They quickly sparked anger among Democrats and Republicans and revived questions about Trump's tendency to make racially charged remarks.

In an oddly-timed coincidence, the U.S. president on Friday signed a declaration honoring slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr, three days before the federal holiday celebrated in his honor.

Trump's remarks were remarkable even by the standards of a president who has been accused of racism by his foes and who has routinely smashed through public decorum that his modern predecessors have generally embraced.

In a statement late Thursday, the White House did not dispute the vulgar language reportedly used by Trump during the meeting.

Alcindor further discussed the frustrations of a perplexed Altidor who brought up the history of Haitian relations with the U.S. Volunteers from the country fought alongside the the Revolutionary War. Because not only does he think brown countries are shitholes, he thinks, what, we're never going to know what he said? He added the country "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".

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"I spoke with President Jovenel Moise about the issue, and, of course, the president condemns such language and he is shocked", Altidor remarked, adding that the USA charge d'affaires in Haiti had been summoned to explain the U.S. president's remarks.

President Donald Trump's vulgar remark disparaging Haitians and African countries didn't surprise a local scholar who teaches at Winston-Salem State University.

The statement added that Gaborone had sought clarification from the United States ambassador on whether "Botswana is regarded as a "s***hole" country, given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the US". Colbert said. "For one, Donald Trump isn't their president".

Haiti's ambassador to Washington, Paul Altidor, said it was distressing that attention was drawn to the comments on the anniversary and day of remembrance for about 220,000 people killed on the island by the quake.

"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", the senator said. He also blamed "both sides" after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent.

When Haitians' protected status came up, Durbin said Trump responded "Haitians?"

"We have seven days and the clock is ticking. We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress".

He was referring to January 19, when funds for operating federal agencies expires.

In recent days, a group of Republican and Democratic leaders from the House and Senate have met with the stated goal of crafting an alternative to the Senate bipartisan deal. "A step backwards from the real ideals and word of Martin Luther King".

Hillary Clinton calls Trump's views