During a Thursday meeting about immigration policy at the White House, President Donald Trump reportedly made disparaging remarks about the countries of Haiti, El Salvador and certain African countries — and now, one of those countries is demanding answers.
During the bipartisan meeting with lawmakers, Trump grew frustrated by demands that any immigration bill put forward provide access to the U.S. from these countries. Trump asked, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
He singled out Haiti’s immigrants in particular: “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”
A White House spokesman, when asked by reporters, did not deny that Trump made the comments.
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 12, 2018
Now, the Haitian government has responded to Trump’s hateful language.
According to Haiti’s Ambassador to the U.S., Paul Altidor, the Haitian government has moved to “vehemently condemn” President Trump’s comments. Speaking to NBC’s Yamiche Alcindor, Altidor said the government believes Trump’s comments are “based on stereotypes.”
“Either the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated,” Altidor said.
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
In addition, the Haitian government has formerly requested a U.S. official — presumably from the State Department — come forward to explain Trump’s insulting comments to them.
“Haitians fought along US soldiers in the revolutionary war and we continue to be great contributors to American society,” Altidor said.
Altidor also noted that Haiti’s embassy in Washington, D.C. has heard from many Haitian-Americans demanding an apology from Trump for his comments, which the ambassador called an “assault.
Trump has already drawn widespread international criticism for his comments on Thursday, including from former Mexican president Vicente Fox, who has been a regular critic of Trump’s immigration policies.
Immigrants from countries across the globe – including and especially those from Haiti and all parts of Africa – have helped build this country. They should be welcomed and celebrated, not demeaned and insulted.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) January 11, 2018
Here is my statement on the President’s comments today: pic.twitter.com/EdtsFjc2zL
— Rep. Mia Love (@RepMiaLove) January 11, 2018
HATCH: “I look forward to getting a more detailed explanation regarding the President’s comments. Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin.” #utpol
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) January 11, 2018