Trump's "Shithole Countries" Line Makes Bipartisanship Even More Elusive


Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group "shithole countries" at a meeting with Congress members at the White House on Thursday, according to U.S. media.

After lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador, the president reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from "shithole countries", rather than - for instance - wealthy and overwhelmingly white Norway.

Trump made the remark, according to media reports based on people who attended the meeting, during a closed-door discussion about immigration legislation with Republican and Democratic members of Congress at the White House. Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire said no one at the White House denied "that he used these vulgar terms to describe these immigrants".

Trump took to twitter saying in part, "the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough but this was not the language used".

The reports prompted outrage and accusations of racism from people in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue said they did not hear the president's racist remark.

The Vatican newspaper on Friday branded US President Donald Trump's reported comments about African countries and Haiti as "particularly harsh and offensive".

"Why do we want all these people from "shithole countries" coming here?"

"He was very kind to the Haitians, he was very eloquent to them, and he was the first president to (have) ever visited Haitians, and he said he was going to be the champion of Haitians", Haitian-American Georges Sami Saati said.

Judge Hatchett adds, "The comments yesterday, by President Trump, were absolutely, absolutely disgusting".

"It is not true", said Durbin, who was one of the lawmakers at the Oval Office meeting. The president said he has a wonderful relationship with Haitians and suggested future meetings probably should be recorded. His supporters made excuses and continue to make excuses for him. how many examples do you need of this?

Maina wants more understanding from President Trump, who is the grandson of an immigrant. "They reinforce abhorrent racist attitudes, and evidence of the lack of knowledge, understanding, and empathy we expect of the person who occupies the highest office in the land".