Trump makes disparaging comments about immigrants in Oval Office outburst

Carla Harmon
January 13, 2018

I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level.

President Trump reportedly lashed out in a Thursday meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the USA should accept citizens from what he called "shithole" countries.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2018.

The second source familiar with the conversation, said Trump, who has vowed to clamp down on illegal immigration, also questioned the need for Haitians in the United States.

In a statement to The Washington Post, a White spokesperson didn't directly address Trump's comments, which haven't been denied by White House officials, but instead defended the president's immigration policy. "He will always reject temporary, weak and unsafe stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway". "Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but "racist"," said UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Rupert Colville.

"They are part of the community and myself included but when I head the President in those words, they're really offensive, they're really hurting us, that's not what we expect our President saying", said Aden Batar, the Director of Migration and Refugee services for Catholic Community Services of Utah. As top recipients of USA aid, some hesitated to jeopardize it by criticizing Trump, especially as his administration has sought to slash foreign assistance.

Friday marks eight years since a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster struck Haiti, killing over 200,000 people and displacing almost 900,000.

According to the Washington Post, Trump became frustrated during a bipartisan meeting on immigration reform.

Similar sentiments were expressed by African nations, with the African Union saying it was "frankly alarmed" by the comments.

"It makes me embarrassed to have this guy as the president of my country", said Raoul, who's running in Illinois' March primary for state attorney general. "I don't get that", said No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas.

The person said the language was salty on both sides.

"He wrote: "@realDonaldTrump, your mouth is the foulest shithole in the world. South African Broadcasting Corporation anchor Leanne Manas tweeted.

Republican Mia Love, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said Mr Trump's comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values".

And Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said in a tweet that the reported remark "ignores the contributions thousands of Haitians have made to our #SoFla community and nation".

He has claimed without evidence that Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, was not born in the United States; said Mexican immigrants were "bringing crime" and were "rapists"; and claimed there were "very fine people on both sides" after violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left a counter-protester dead. Aides say Trump seemed interested in a deal earlier Thursday but had lost that interest by the time of the meeting.

"He has not only insulted Africans, he has also insulted African-Americans", said Sylvester Odion Akhaine, associate professor of global relations at the Lagos State University in Nigeria.

The White House has not disputed the report.

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