Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

A moral hole on immigrants

Cuba's Foreign Ministry "strongly" condemned Friday night the "racist, denigrating and gross" statements by U.S. President Donald Trump on Haiti, El Salvador and African states. He added that he never said anything derogatory about Haitians.

African politicians labelled U.S. President Donald Trump a racist on Friday after he was reported to have described some immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from "shithole" countries.

A group of 54 African countries have demanded Trump to apologise and retract his comments on the immigrants. According to those briefed on the conversation, the president used the phrase * a href="***hole-countries/2930875/" *"s***hole countries" while questioning why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and nations in Africa, rather than places like Norway.

"Given the historical reality of how African Americans arrived in the United States as slaves, and the United States being the biggest example of how a nation has been built by migration - for a statement like that to come is particularly upsetting", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.

Trump's comments came as two senators presented details of a bipartisan compromise that would protect DACA immigrants - and also strengthen border protections, as Trump has insisted, providing $1.6 billion for a first installment on a border wall.

President Trump is drawing an angry response, after using an expletive to describe the countries that many immigrants in the US came from.

In a response labelled by worldwide media as damage control, Mr Trump has denied using derogatory words but admitted his language was "tough".

"I just don't have to agree with it", Nakpodia said.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement in response to the Washington Post report that "like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation".

Haitians weren't the only people offended by the president's comments. To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words.

Senator Durbin, a member of the Democratic Party, was at the White House meeting on Thursday. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians". There is no other word you can use but "racist".

As condemnation of Trump's latest comments poured in from around the world Friday, the president canceled a planned visit to London, where opposition to his presence has increased. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" And she called on Trump to apologize to the American people. He also said Haiti should be left out of any immigration deal. "Never said "take them out".

"I think it was stupid and irresponsible and childish", said Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho.

The White House has not denied the language, nor have the several Republican lawmakers in the meeting.

El Salvador, also facing an end to protected status for its 200,000 citizens living in the United States, sent a formal letter of protest to the USA government over the comments.

Mr Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the U.S. should instead be taking in migrants from countries like Norway.

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