After coming under fire for reportedly calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries,” US President Donald Trump denied the reports. “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,” he tweeted on Friday.
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US President Donald Trump has denied that he demanded to know why people from “shithole countries” are being allowed to enter America. Trump reportedly made the comment during a Thursday meeting with lawmakers on immigration in the Oval Office. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” Trump tweeted on Friday.
In a separate tweet over an hour later, Trump continued to deny the reports. “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!” he wrote.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly asked during the meeting after being informed about a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
“If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States,” UN human rights spokesperson Rupert Coleville said. “There is no other word you can use but racist.”
“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes,’ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome,” he said from Geneva.