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

Trump Says He Has a "Wonderful Relationship With Haitians" After "Shithole" Comments

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Trump's comments were allegedly made on Thursday at a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.

"I can not believe that, in the history of the White House in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Mr. Durbin said on Friday.

And Haiti's USA ambassador told the BBC that Haitians are not "simply immigrants who come here to take advantage of the U.S".

"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 pointed out that the USA accepted 23,000 Haitian immigrants and 172,000 Mexican immigrants in 2017, and immigration is so brisk from El Salvador that one in three Salvadorans now lives in the U.S. Do we need more Haitians?' And then he went on when we started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure.

Durbin said that he was in the process of describing the protections granted to immigrants from certain countries which have endured natural disasters or other devastation, including Haiti, where a 2010 quake killed hundreds of thousands of people.

A UN Human Rights spokesman criticised Mr Trump's reported comments as "shocking and shameful". On Friday (local time) the president tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haitians aside from noting it is a poor country.

"To (our) partners in the global community, I want to take advantage of this day to tell you all that under my leadership the country wants to take its destiny in its own hands, as I said in parliament", he added. "He said, 'Oh, that's a good line.' "When I talked to him about the impact this has on family unification, in a nation that values families with the flag as the most important symbols of our future, they scoffed at this notion". The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt they help the United States economically. He did not specifically deny using the word "shithole".

"My parents came from one of those countries but proudly took an oath of allegiance to the United States and took on the responsibility of everything that being a citizen comes with", Love added.

"I don't believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA".

The president of El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, tweeted that Trump's statement struck a blow "to the dignity of the Salvadoran people".

President Donald Trump's dismissal of Haiti and certain African countries with a vulgar expression has created a furor.

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