Western New Yorkers react to Haiti comments

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

"We are surprised, disappointed".

Haitian governments were for many years militaristic, which some trace to a tradition of resisting French attacks after independence.

Mr Trump's latest comments also provided ample fodder for talkshow hosts.

"The language used by me at the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", he said.

As expected, the day after the Washington Postreported that Trump called El Salvador, Haiti, and African countries shitholes during a meeting on immigration, and this report caused a shitstorm on the internet and cable news, he tweeted that he did use tough language but not that kind of tough language.

Reports of the president's language referring to people of color from the other countries drew criticism from US lawmakers of both major parties and critics overseas who said they could not be described as anything but racist.

"(Trump) is sending a coded message that he wants to return to the good old days, of slavery, the good old days of water hoses, the good old days of German Shepherds biting people fighting for their basic rights", Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said. He went on to say that he had "a wonderful relationship with Haitians".


The President has since denied the comments; however, following Trump's denial, Sen.

Despite Trump's tweets denying these comments, NBC reports IL senator Dick Durbin has confirmed Trump's remarks, and the media's reporting was "accurate". Furthermore, the IL lawmaker labeled the president's words "hate-filled" and "racist".

Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians ... he said, 'Haitians?"

Though Altidor had not received direct comment from the Trump administration, he noted that "unfortunately we feel once again Haiti finds itself in the midst of a very negative narrative in the U.S".

The source said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin was explaining a proposal to end the visa lottery in exchange for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for countries such as El Salvador.

After the January 12, 2010 natural disaster, the USA came to Haiti's assistance and was the largest provider of aid. "But we do regret what allegedly the president said about Haitians and other groups".

"In addition to being insulting to us, more importantly it's quite disrespectful and insulting to the people that we're trying to help and the friends and colleagues that we've made there over the last eight years", Furey said in an interview.


"He has harmed the society of the United States".

Haiti, though the poorest country in the Americas, has played an outsized role in the history of the region.

The African Union, which represents all 55 African nations, said it was "frankly alarmed".

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice", Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU Chairman Moussa Faki, told The Associated Press.

Graham added: "Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness".

"The positive comment on Norway makes the underlying sentiment very clear", Colville said, warning that Trump's comments should not merely be brushed aside as "vulgar language".

"Ours is not a shithole 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. "Instead, we're subjected to Trump's ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn't look like him".


Other GOP lawmakers struck the now-familiar balance of distancing themselves from the president's statements, but not criticizing Trump himself.

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