Making the U.S. a pariah

Making the U.S. a pariah

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

The African Union's mission to the Washington, D.C. said Friday it was "frankly alarmed" and shared its "shock, dismay and outrage" following President Donald Trump's remarks on immigration from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, a group he called "shithole countries". Multiple senators of both parties confirmed or suggested Friday that Trump used those words. "And he said them repeatedly".

"Trump did not respond to shouted questions about his comments as he signed a proclamation Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr".

Trump also denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". He did so after Mr. Trump tweeted a denial, saying that he used "tough" language but "not that language".

Reports of President Trump's statements during an Oval Office meeting on Thursday were met with quick reactions worldwide. And I made my own comments in response to it but for him to confront the president as he did literally sitting next to him took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it'.

'My colleague, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said.

A day after President Donald Trump reportedly made highly incendiary comments about immigrants and African countries, two Republican senators said they don't recall those vulgar characterizations from the President.

Norway's prime minister had just visited the White House Wednesday.

Networks are grappling with a real dilemma on how to report what the president's use of the swear word.

As an immigrant justice advocate, I of course want legal status for everyone trying to make it in this country. First, he insisted his senseless wall be part of an immigration deal and now Trump is spouting vile profanities about Haitian and African immigrants from the Oval Office. He has also considered recording all his meetings to prevent similar controversies in the future.

Asked about the comments, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny them.

"We always knew that President Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people or certain colours", congressman Luis Gutierrez said. But you can go read a book, a history book, because you might learn that people from some of those "shithole countries" were slaves who were brought here, by force, to help build this country.

"I thought Lindsey really hit the nail on the head", Graham said.

"When it came to the issue of quote, chain migration, I said to the president, "Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?"

Graham didn't specifically refer to those remarks, but said that he said his "piece directly" to the president after his comments during the meeting.

The Senate minority whip also told MSNBC today that Graham "spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said".

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