Hillary Slams Trump's 'Ignorant, Racist Views' on Haiti, Africa

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After he asked why America accepts immigrants from "shithole" countries like Haiti and El Salvador on Thursday, a debate erupted around the world about whether President Donald Trump is a racist.

Trump was in a closed meeting with members of Congress to discuss immigration on Thursday when he reportedly questioned why the USA would accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa, rather than places like Norway.

President Donald Trump's reportedly labelled African nations and Haiti at a bipartisan immigration meeting as "s**thole" while asking for more immigration from places like Norway.

Lawmakers inside the meeting quoted Trump saying "Why do we want all these people from s***hole countries coming here?" following up with suggesting the USA should instead bring more people from countries like Norway.

The president met on Thursday with Senators Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, and Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of IL. The first is that it assumes Trumps base will uniformly support a racist comment, which is a disservice to those supporters. "Get smart, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

And since we're also talking about immigration as well, we're hoping the president would take time to meet some of the TPS recipients, to see exactly how much contribution as a community we continue to provide here in this country.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise's government issued a strongly worded statement denouncing what it called a "racist" depiction of Haiti.

Other supporters likened Trump's comments to locker room banter ― we've heard that before ― or even "kitchen table" talk, suggesting the president was just mimicking conversations that happen in some corners of the USA every day.

Cotton and Perdue are co-sponsors of legislation that would enact severe restrictions on legal immigration - a bill Trump has said he supports but that senior GOP leaders have said could not pass Congress.

"Why do we need more Haitians?" Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who also attended Thursday's meeting, claimed the alleged quotes were accurate.

Graham's statement did not detail what Trump said or what Graham told the president in response.

African politicians and diplomats have been put in an awkward position by Mr Trump's remarks, with some hesitating to jeopardise their relationships with the USA as others came out and labelled him a racist.

Clinton piled on, bringing up the anniversary of the devastating natural disaster that struck Haiti in 2010 and using it as a club to hit at her former rival.

On Friday morning, Trump appeared to deny he made the "shithole" comment.

Despite the criticism, the White House did not walk back the president's remarks. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond and House Judiciary top Democrat Jerrold Nadler said they would seek to introduce a censure resolution against Trump next week.

Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned the remark on Twitter.

Editor's note: NPR has decided in this case to spell out the vulgar word that the president reportedly used because it meets our standard for use of offensive language: It is "absolutely integral to the meaning and spirit of the story being told". She said the president's remark was "obviously disheartening" but presented an opportunity "to rise above it and say, 'I'm going to be an example of kindness, of compassion'".

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a close Trump ally, called on the president to explain his words.

In a statement it said it had asked the U.S. government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there. Typically they've been better qualified to lead a nation, too.

UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said: "These are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States".

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