Trump backtracks again after first denying making 'shithole' comments

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2018

The African Group of UN ambassadors is "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media", a statement said.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who was in the meeting, said Trump did use the words, which Durbin called "hate-filled, vile and racist".

At their Oval Office meeting, two sources said, Trump questioned the value of taking immigrants from Haiti and African nations, and referred to them as "shithole countries". Durbin maintains that he heard the comments firsthand, as do other sources.

President Trump has since denied using such vulgar language, tweeting that 'the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham of SC, also present at the gathering, said he confronted the president over his racy comments.

"Ours is not a s***hole country and neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", Jessie Duarte, the deputy secretary general of South Africa's ruling African National Congress told reporters at a news conference in East London.

He went on to talk about he witnessed in Haiti, stating the nation's people had "been through more, they've withstood more, they've fought back against more injustice than our President ever has".

President Jovenel Moise led a ceremony in Port-au-Prince on Friday to mark the eighth anniversary of Haiti's devastating quake, sidelining alleged remarks made by President Donald Trump that reportedly described the Caribbean country as a "shithole". "There is a serious need for dialogue between the USA administration and the African countries".

From Fire and Fury to Trump's Sh-t Hole to Very Fine People-Is MAGA-America Great Again? I congratulate Botswana for showing the way. The Associated Press, however, reported that Trump privately defended the alleged comment, arguing it wasn't racist but "straightforward".

"I kind of see his point, but I do think it's a little bit insensitive considering the situation in Haiti right now", Elizabeth Volmer said.

It said the "remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity".

The union also added that the Trump administration has a "huge misunderstanding" of the continent.

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