Trump comment on "shithole countries" extremely offensive to South Africa, official says

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

The social media community, several Democratic lawmakers among them, came down on Trump like a ton of bricks, denouncing his comments as racist.

The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Mr Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society".

He said the reported comments were "shocking and shameful" and added: "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist".

Republican leaders were largely silent, though House Speaker Paul Ryan said the vulgar language was "very unfortunate, unhelpful". The remarks, Durbin said, were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content".

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"Ours is not a shithole country, neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", Jessie Duarte, the deputy secretary general of the ANC, said at a news conference in South Africa's Eastern Cape province.

The president has been accused of questioning why the USA should accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s***hole countries" in Africa, during a meeting on immigration. "After all, Trump does all his best tweets when he's sitting on the shithole", he said.

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"The Democrats seem intent on having people and drugs pour into our country from the Southern Border, risking thousands of lives in the process". We must build a Great Wall, think Merit and end Lottery & Chain. "The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", Graham said, adding: "I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals".

Yet the remark still has the power to shock because it upends conventional expectations about the dignity of the presidency itself and the mystique that frames the chief executive as the upholder of national morality and diversity.

O'Donnell went on to say that he didn't believe the US President could name more than two African countries and pointed out that parts of some African countries contain massive wealth and high standards of living. But it wasn't just Democrats objecting.

Mr Trump's reported comments highlighted months of concerns about his lack of focus on Africa, including empty ambassadorial posts in key countries like South Africa, Egypt, Congo and Somalia.

Trump has called himself the "least racist person that you've ever met".

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly describe the conversation. His father used to lie and say they were from Swedish ancestry after World War II made them a bit uncomfortable with their German ancestry. "Internationally, such language will deepen the isolation of the United States, a country that is already losing its global prestige". Trump wrote, "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians". Trump was meeting with the senators to discuss a bipartisan plan to grant legal protections to the roughly 800,000 immigrants who are in the country illegally after being brought to the country as children.

Durbin said, "We have seven days and the clock is ticking".

"How do six people bind the other 94 in the Senate?" I mean, don't get me wrong, it might take a few weeks. "The president made it clear to me on the phone less than an hour ago that he wasn't going to do that".

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