Baker: Trump should apologize for 'appalling' remarks

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

Cape Town - US residents and leaders have come out to condemn President Donald Trump after he reportedly referred to Haiti and African countries as "shitholes".

The president was referring to African countries and Haiti, and then suggested the U.S. should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister met with Trump on Wednesday.

He, however, denied, through a tweet having uttered such remarks. Trump tweeted Friday morning: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

Dick Durbin forcefully rejected President Donald Trump's denial that he used the word "s-thole" to describe African nations and also disparaged Haitians.

Despite Trump's denial, one of the sponsors of the DACA deal who was present at the meeting, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), insisted the U.S. president indeed referred to the countries in question as "s***holes" multiple times during the gathering.

A Brockton city councilor, who was the first Haitian-American elected to Brockton City Council, told the Brockton Enterprise that Trump's comments were "false, offensive, and demonstrate a mindset far below the standards of any elected office". "We always knew that president Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people or certain colors", alleged Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez. He then allegedly suggested America take immigrants from Norway instead, whose prime minister Trump had met with the previous day.

The president has said he never said that word; however, several officials who were in a meeting with him have said that he did in fact utter that phrase.

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The Republican president has also privately defended his remarks, saying he was only expressing what many people think but will not say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, the Associated Press reported.

"If any country asks our charge or our ambassador to come over, they will". They do not reflect our nation's values.

While the Vatican newspaper noted that the White House did not immediately deny the remarks, Trump later tweeted, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". "Why do we want all these people from shithole countries?".

"We view the utterances by the current American President as highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist", it added.

On Friday, AU chief Moussa Faki's spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo had also said Trump's comment "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice".

"Some of these people then make the courageous decision to leave their homes and countries to safely build a new life for themselves in the United States".

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