Donald Trump's 'shithole' remark: How some USA media handled president's comment

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

But neither the U.S. president nor the White House disputed the most controversial of his remarks in which he used the word "shithole" to describe African nations and said he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.

Sir, - Donald Trump's comment resembled the kind of drunken remark made over a bar by somebody who doesn't know what he's talking about to somebody who doesn't know what he's listening to.

Mr. Trump has denied using that language but others present say he did.

"Why do we need more Haitians?". The details of the proposal have not been publicised, but the President said: "The so-called bipartisan DACA deal. was a big step backwards".

A number of foreign governments and dignitaries have joined a growing chorus, expressing their displeasure at the president's alleged comments.

The Washington Post Thursday broke a story that Trump used the expletive during bipartisan talks with lawmakers discussing legislation to protect immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa.

The Associated Press reported that the White House did not deny Trump's remark, but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society". Trump questioned why the United States would want people from nations such as Haiti, while being briefed on changes to the visa lottery system. Eventually, he said, they opened a farm in Wisconsin after they raised enough money. "I can not believe that in the history of White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak (Thursday)".

Then there was a discussion about "chain migration", a term the Trump administration has used to describe immigrants who've come to America and are trying to petition to have family members join them, Durbin said.

"I do appreciate their support and I'd like to continue their support and not be distracted by any false messages that can be propagated about Haitian people", he said.

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo called Mr. Trump's remark "extremely unfortunate" and said that "we will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful". "He said these hate-filled things".

One user, Christian Christensen, a Stockholm-based American professor, wrote: "Of course people from Norway would love to move to a country where people are far more likely to be shot, live in poverty, get no healthcare because they're poor, get no paid parental leave or subsidized daycare and see fewer women in political power".

"I can not imagine that in the history of [the Oval Office], that hallowed room, where the president of the United States goes to work every day, there has ever been a conversation quite like that".

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