Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Arcade Fire's Win Butler Blasts Trump for Alleged Haiti Insult

Arcade Fire's Win Butler Blasts Trump for Alleged Haiti Insult

Trump wrote on Twitter early Friday denying that he said "anything derogatory" about Haitians, saying he simply used "tough" language in the immigration meeting. The senior Democratic senator Dick Durbin, who was in the meeting, subsequently said that he had.

Trump tweeted this morning, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

Graham's statement did not detail what Trump said or what Graham told the president in response.

Though many people find the president's remarks distasteful, Sherman doesn't believe there was anything said that was impeachable.

The president said at the White House that "love was central" to the slain civil rights leader.

Durbin said in his statement Friday that he and others in his bipartisan group will continue pressing for a DACA deal. The statement said Gaborone had sought clarification on whether "Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the US".

"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".


Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Durbin had proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent and then prioritizing countries already in the system, a White House official said. "Why do we need more Haitians".

The resignation of the career diplomat - the first since Mr Trump's appointment as president nearly a year ago - came as the uproar over Mr Trump's alleged description of African and other countries as "shitholes" reverberated across the world. There is no transcript or recording of that meeting.

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren called Trump's comments racist, vile and disgusting in a Facebook post Friday and took the opportunity to talk about a child who was in Haiti when the natural disaster it.

President Donald Trump's invitation to Norwegians to immigrate to the United States, while railing against entrants from "shithole" countries, has received a glacial reception in this Nordic country. And it ignores the fact that through history, millions of people have come to this country to flee unbearable conditions. That's where he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from "sh*tholes" - the exact word used by the president not just once, but repeatedly.

"As Sen. Graham made his presentation, the president interrupted him several times with questions". Trump reportedly said. "Take them out". "They have come a long way in 8 years, but much work remains and I still believe in the Haitian people".

So far, the State Department said, the USA charge d'affaires in Haiti and ambassador in Botswana have been called in by their hosts after Trump reportedly dubbed these countries "shitholes".

We have heard President Trump say outrageous things, racial things before in tweets and speeches - and intended, we are told, to stir his base and meant to provoke. "I think we held our own as best we could".

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