African Union, Others Respond To Alleged 'Shithole Countries' Comment

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 14, 2018

Trump later tweeted that the language he used was tough, but not the language being reported.

The American president long has been regarded as "leader of the free world".

African Union ambassadors to the United Nations demanded an apology from U.S. President Donald Trump for his "racist remark" on the people of Africa.

"All of you who over the last few years have uttered that exhausted, lazy, uninformed, uneducated response of calling me and others who point out racist behavior "racists, ' you know what you can go do?" They don't blink. They stand tall and they have dignity. But 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 the president speak yesterday. "This is for anyone who may be taken aback by my comments: I don't really care if you are". This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have.

Durbin praised Graham for being willing to confront the president over remarks roundly criticized as crude or racist on Friday - a term used by Hillary Clinton. It is not true. "He said those hateful things". The largest group is El Salvador and the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian, and when I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians? Haitians gave their blood back in 1779 to fight for the independence of this country. Further, the Post reported, Trump requested that Haitians not have their TPS status restored, asking: "Why do we need more Haitians?" and "Take them out". "That was the nature of this conversation". President Jovenel Moise's government issued a strongly worded statement denouncing what it called a "racist" view of Haitian immigrants and people from African countries. When you speak about chain migration, it hurts them personally.

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Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said in a joint statement Friday that they were "deeply disturbed and offended" by the language. Durbin called the moment, "heartbreaking".

President Donald Trump listens during a January 9 meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Under the policy, those immigrants are guaranteed protection and not at risk of expulsion from the country.

Durbin is the only person in the meeting who has spoken at length about what transpired in the Oval Office.

The same goes for our nation's health care system, where care seems to become less affordable with each passing year despite a law that promised better.

The White House has not denied his use of racially charged rhetoric.

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