Trump's "Shithole Countries" Line Makes Bipartisanship Even More Elusive

Henrietta Brewer
January 13, 2018

"America's racial, ethnic and religious diversity is a critical source of our strength as a nation", part of Sullivan's tweet said. "The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", he said, adding: "I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals". They don't say Trump didn't say "shithole countries" and make other racist and vulgar remarks.

After President Trump proved once again that he thinks People of Color are less than by calling Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations "shitholes," CNN journalist Don Lemon refused to dance around the subject.

"We would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that about any country that has any kind of socio-economic or other difficulties", Duarte said, adding that much like their African counterparts, millions of United States citizens were affected by problems such as unemployment.

Trump on Friday denied using certain "language", but didn't offer more specifics.

Durbin, a key negotiator in DACA talks, recounted the meeting on MSNBC Friday, saying, "He said, 'Haitians".

"Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent Trump critic, said the president's comment "smacks of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy".


According to the Charleston Post and Courier, South Carolina's other GOP senator, Tim Scott, said Graham had told him the reports were "basically accurate".

Others condemned the US president's comments as inappropriate or racist.

"Why do we need more Haitians?"

"Regarding immigrants from 'shithole countries, ' Chile is proud to continue receiving many thousands of Haitians and persons from poor countries or looking for a better future", Muñoz posted.

'The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used, ' he said.

Meanwhile, South Africa's governing African National Congress party took to Twitter to chide Trump over his "offensive" choice of words.


President Donald Trump says "this was not the language used" after reports that he referred to "shithole" African nations in a meeting.

Although House Speaker Paul Ryan did not go as far as Democrats in criticizing the president, even he acknowledged that the remark from the leader of his party was "unfortunate" and "unhelpful".

I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday. I understand how powerful they are.

A prominent evangelical supporter of President Donald Trump's is standing by him after Trump used a vulgarity to describe African countries.

Before signing a proclamation honoring Dr. King, Trump requested to speak privately with Farris.

The United Nations has since condemned Trump's comments as "racist".


"I'm not surprised at the sentiment expressed - it's consistent with what he's said - but that he would do that knowing the fury it would cause" did astound him.

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