Haiti 'shocked and outraged' over reported Trump remarks

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Using vulgar language, Trump on Thursday questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal.

"Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?" he asked, according to multiple sources present at the White House meeting.

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country", Trump added later. Trump allegedly questioned why the US doesn't admit more immigrants from countries like Norway, whose prime minister visited the White House this week.

His remarks reportedly left the assembled politicians "taken aback", the paper said, with Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator for SC, and Richard Durbin, Democratic senator for IL, among those in the room. Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin'.

"I was not in the meeting with the President and do not know what was said, although (I) have every reason to believe President Trump when he says he did not make those comments". President, are you a racist?' she asked in a second attempt.

Flake said Thursday's comments reflect what Trump has reportedly said in the past about Haiti and Nigeria.

"Given the historical reality of how African Americans arrived in the United States as slaves, and the United States being the biggest example of how a nation has been built by migration - for a statement like that to come is particularly upsetting", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said. But as Dara Lind points out, while this debate is complicated, this functionally means large reductions in the numbers of people from countries who already have large immigrant populations here - which means resisting trends shaping our current ethnic and national mix.

Siplin's district includes Orlando's tourist district, where many Haitian immigrants are employed.

Conservatives expressed concern more about the weapon Trump had given to his opponents than it what he said.

The president "will always reject temporary, weak and unsafe stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway", Raj added.

UN Spokesman Rupert Colville said Trump's comments, if confirmed, were "shocking and shameful" and opened the door to "humanity's worst side and go against universal values".

US President Donald Trump boards Marine One following his annual physical at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

After the January 12, 2010 quake, the US came to Haiti's assistance and was the largest provider of aid.

Jacquet is a Haitian immigrant reacting to words President Donald Trump used in referring to her home country in a derogatory manner. First, you know, Dick Durbin has been know to say colorful things himself.

Friday, he denied that he used the term to describe some migrants' countries - including Haiti and El Salvador.

Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned the remark on Twitter.

Despite the criticism, the White House did not walk back the president's remarks. Most of all, it's not what a president should believe.

According to the Norwegian statistics institute SSB, 502 Norwegians left the country to relocate to the United States in 2016, 59 fewer than the previous year. "Turns out they're just like us", Cox said in a Tweet that included pictures of his son with a smiling family.

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.