Trump's 'shithole' remark no shock to Haitians

A Haitian immigrant who lives in Maryland says he hopes most Americans see it differently.

All 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations decried Donald Trump's reported remarks as "outrageous, racist, and xenophobic" on Friday, a day after U.S. media reported that Trump had referred to African states, Haiti, and El Salvador as "s***hole countries". African nations and El Salvador -also said to have been targeted in Trump's comments on immigration - have had plenty to say.

"One day after President Donald Trump allegedly asked why the USA would allow more immigrants from Haiti and "****hole* countries" in Africa, Sen. "Immigration, 'why are we taking all these people from wherever?' Well immigration is what America is based on, and generally when they emigrate is because the place where they came for had some problems".

During a meeting with several senators in the Oval Office, President Trump reportedly questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from "s***hole countries".

Another source familiar with the meeting said Mr Trump was questioning why the United States should take in unskilled labourers from the countries under discussion and should instead welcome immigrants from nations that can offer skilled workers.

According to United States media reports, citing people with knowledge of the conversation, Trump asked during a conversation about immigration: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

He added: "When the question was asked about Haitians... he said 'Haitians?"

In Haiti, on the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake that killed about 220,000 people, the government also summoned the top U.S. diplomat for an explanation, while the Haitian ambassador to Washington called for an apology.

Democrats have dismissed Trump's denial of the offensive comments, with Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the meeting, disputing Trump's account. When I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians? Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but "racist".

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The two men said they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically" but also didn't deny he said them. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

But following angry backlash, Trump took to Twitter to deny the claims.

African UN ambassadors and the African Union have called for "a retraction and an apology" from Donald Trump after the USA president reportedly described them as "s***hole" countries.

Republican Representative Mia Love, the country's first Haitian-American congresswoman, slammed the Trump's behaviour as "unacceptable from the leader of our nation".

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, also a Republican, said he wanted more details of the president's comments.

Those in the Cabinet Room when Trump made his comments, according to The New York Times, included Sens. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems.

"I don't think the Present Trump is a racist in the traditional sense as we know in this country", Farris Jr. said.

"He is the president of the United States".

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