Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Haitian-Americans Push Back At Trump Expletive

Haitian-Americans Push Back At Trump Expletive

President Donald Trump's already infamous "shithole" comment is among several remarks the commander-in-chief has made that have energized white supremacists, rights groups fear.

On Friday, Mr Trump on Friday tweeted that his language he used at the private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration legislation had been "tough". Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire said no one at the White House denied "that he used these vulgar terms to describe these immigrants".

On Friday, Trump seemingly denied using the widely reported offensive language.

"Engel conveyed his support and admiration for the people of Haiti and the Haitian-American diaspora community as they mark the eighth anniversary of the devastating quake, and assured the Ambassador that the President's views do not reflect the character of our country", his office said in statement. The explosive remarks came during a conversation about the visa lottery program, which benefits some African countries, and about the temporary protected status given to immigrants from certain nations, including El Salvador and Haiti.

Among others, United Nations spokesperson Rupert Coleville said Trump's reported word choice to refer to nations of non-white people is unequivocally "racist". What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!'

"Today we celebrate Dr. King for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God", said Trump at the event.

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The church says they have been working with refugees in Haiti since the island was struck by a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster that killed more than 220,000 people in 2010. President, are you a racist?' she asked in a second attempt.

And he wrote: "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians". He has also considered recording all his meetings to prevent similar controversies in the future.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett, reporting from Washington, DC, said: "The calls for the president to apologise for his remarks are intensifying inside and outside the U.S., but for now, that apology does not appear likely".

"Haitians don't deserve such treatment", said Paul Altidor, the Haitian ambassador.

"We sent guidance to our folks and told them that we must reiterate that we have great respect for the people of Africa and all nations, and our commitment remains strong", he said. He knows absolutely nothing about these people - the pain they've faced, their harrowing journeys, or their commitment to our country, much less the cultural vibrancy of the countries they came from.

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