Trump’s vulgar term disgusts, saddens Utahns with ties to Haiti, Africa

SALT LAKE CITY — Ogden resident Chareyl Moyes does Haiti all day, every day.

As a co-founder of Utah-based Haitian Roots, she keeps tabs on the La Maison de nos Petite Enfants orphanage and schools the nonprofit runs in the Caribbean island nation. Her full-time job as a case manager with Wasatch International Adoptions also keeps Haiti on her radar.

Moyes has traveled to Haiti numerous times the past 14 years — she’s going again next month — and saw firsthand the death and devastation of the 2010 earthquake that rocked the country eight years ago Friday.

To have President Donald Trump disparage a place and a people she loves cut deeply.

“I get that there are troubles in Haiti and it needs help. But for the leader of our country to refer to it as a s—hole is hurtful,” she said. “It’s hurtful to a nation that’s constantly trying to recover from things that they have no control over.”

Americans shouldn’t give the president a pass but demand he apologize, Moyes said.

“Many of us work in those countries. I don’t want to be embarrassed when I’m in that country. I don’t want me to be a reflection of him,” she said.

Trump on Friday denied that he had insulted Haitians amid an uproar about his reported description of African nations as “s—hole countries” during a meeting on immigration with lawmakers.

“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!” he tweeted.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who was present at the meeting and spoke to reporters Friday, confirmed the president’s remarks and said the media reports were accurate, according to NBC News.

In recounting the meeting, Durbin suggested that Trump’s slur was aimed at African nations.

Two sources and Durbin said that when the discussion turned to Haiti, Trump questioned why Haitians should be given specific consideration, according to NBC.

“Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out,” he said, according to sources.

Somali native Aden Batar said he wasn’t surprised at Trump’s vulgar remark given his previous comments about refugees and immigrants. But he said it’s not what people expect from a president.

“It’s not who we are as Americans,” he said. “That was very offensive to the people in our community.”

Batar, the immigration and refugee resettlement director …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News


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