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Trump denies "shithole countries" comments

14 January 2018

The scandal erupted after Donald Trump wondered why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries", and suggested America should welcome more people from nations like Norway instead. Haiti and the other countries involved in this discussion are generally poor, underdeveloped and plagued with challenges that make life hard. On Friday the president tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haitians aside from noting it's a poor country.

"In addition to being insulting to us, more importantly it's quite disrespectful and insulting to the people that we're trying to help and the friends and colleagues that we've made there over the last eight years", Furey said in an interview.

Other Haitians in South Florida called the words from the president hurtful. On Friday, the Academy Award victor published an op-ed in Time, calling Trump's alleged comments about bringing in immigrants from "sh*thole" countries "disgraceful".

Jean, who was born in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and is now secretary general of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, called Trump's reported remarks "insulting".

In Geneva, UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said: "These are shocking and shameful comments". Never said "take them out".

The president also accused Democrats of "not being interested in life and safety" and slammed the DACA proposals as "a big step backwards".

Haitian-American TV anchor Alisha Laventure - who reports for the Dallas, Texas ABC affiliate - had strong words for President Donald Trump after he reportedly called the country her parents immigrated from a "shithole", as well as other developing nations.

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More and more countries and organizations are joining the worldwide chorus of condemnation of President Trump's racially-charged comments while speaking to lawmakers in the Oval Office on Thursday.

The president implied Friday morning on Twitter that maybe he should start recording meetings because there is no trust.

Durbin said Graham immediately spoke up against Trump's comments, and he commended the Republican senator for doing so.

Immigration is one of the issues that Pope Francis, who has strongly defended the rights of developing countries, and Trump have clashed over.

Ghana, located in west Africa, is one of the region's most politically stable countries and has long enjoyed friendly relations with the United States. The largest group is El Salvador and the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian, and when I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians?

Botswana's foreign ministry summoned the United States ambassador in protest and called the comments "highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist".

Trump denies