Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

UN Official: Trump's Vulgar Comments on Africa, Haiti Shameful

UN Official: Trump's Vulgar Comments on Africa, Haiti Shameful

The Washington Post on Thursday reported Trump described Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as "shithole countries" during an Oval Office meeting on immigration.

In a series of tweets, Mr Trump said: "The language used by me at the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". The government of Botswana issued a statement Friday, condemning the remarks, calling them "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist", and urging other nations to take a stand against Trump's remarks. "There are millions of unemployed people in the USA, millions of people who don't have health care services or access to education and we would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that", said Jessie Duarte, the deputy secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC).

The president also asked if Haiti could be left out of the plan, reports the New York Times, "Why do we want people from Haiti here?"

"Made up by Dems", he tweeted. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", Trump said on Twitter Friday.

"Africans and Haitians come from "shithole" countries?"

Haiti said it was shocked by Trump's reported remarks on Thursday and summoned the top United States diplomat in the country, asking for an apology if the vulgar term had been used.

Mr Trump past year ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals scheme, which provided protection from deportation along with the ability to work legally in the US.

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes" whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, told reporters in Geneva. "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shi**oles", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome".

At first the White House did not deny that the remark was made.

"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". "It is about opening the door to humanity's worst side".

Trump past year ended DACA, which provided young immigrants with protection from deportation along with the ability to work legally in the U.S. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.


DHS announced on January 8 that it will end protected immigration status for about 200,000 migrants from El Salvador.

The president and lawmakers are in the midst of intense negotiations about how to shield almost 800,000 "Dreamers" from deportation.

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security have also increased immigration raids, including dozens earlier this week at convenience stores across the country.

Colville, whose boss, United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is a harsh Trump critic, urged Congress to "provide a durable solution" for the "Dreamers".

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has previously said the future of the Dreamers should not be used as a bargaining chip to negotiate restrictive immigration measures.

"A racist is not who a person is", he said. Trump allegedly said, according to The Post.

During the televised meeting, Trump spoke of wanting a "bill of love" and appeared to endorse a "clean DACA" legislation sought by Democrats.

"We can now say with 100% confidence that the president is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution", congressman Luis Gutierrez said.

Some Republicans also raised objections.

It further called for the US President to issue an apology for the hurtful remarks not only to Africans but people of African descent across the globe. I could tell you about my parents, how they came to this country with so many other Haitians, how they embraced the American dream and thrived, how I and so many first-generation Haitian-Americans are products of our parents' American dreams.

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