The Haitian government has reportedly summoned a US official to explain why President Trump referred to the island nation as a “shithole,” along with several other nations including El Salvador and some African countries.
Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Paul Altidor, reportedly told NBC News contributor Yamiche Alcindor that he and the Haitian government vehemently condemn the US President’s comments, suggesting that they were based on stereotypes.
Haiti’s US Ambassador Paul Altidor tells me Haiti’s government has formerly summoned a US official to explain Trump’s comments to Haiti’s officials. “Haitians fought along US soldiers in the revolutionary war and we continue to be great contributors to American society,” he said https://t.co/adRajn3O5y
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 12, 2018
(note, Alcindor corrected her statement to read “formally,” not “formerly”)
“Haitians fought along U.S. soldiers in the Revolutionary War and we continue to be great contributors to American society,” said Altidor, an economist who attended college and graduate school in the U.S. after his family moved there.
Trump’s comment came after a bipartisan senate group had reportedly reached an “agreement in principle” on DACA and immigration reform in order to avoid a government shutdown next Friday, when the President “grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office” who proposed protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries” as part of the ongoing discussion.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump burst out, referring to African countries and Haiti. Instead, he suggested that the United States should bring more people from countries like Norway.
Former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox Quesada, tweeted “@realDonaldTrump, your mouth is the foulest shithole in the world,” adding “With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not.”
.@realDonaldTrump, your mouth is the foulest shithole in the world. With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not. America’s greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) January 11, 2018
CNN’s Anderson Cooper was in literal tears over Trump’s comments, while Don Lemon called him a racist:
I just flipped to cnn and Anderson cooper is crying for real pic.twitter.com/L1Kas7q9OG
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) January 12, 2018
“The president of the United States is racist,” Lemon said at the opening of …read more