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article imageTrump's 'shithole countries' remark cause uproar around the world

By Karen Graham     Jan 12, 2018 in Politics
President Donald Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting in which he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
As usual, when caught with his foot in his mouth, Trump immediately used Twitter to deny he used any derogatory remarks while meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform on Thursday, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported.
“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” Trump tweeted. “What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!”
A Democratic aide briefed on the meeting told NBC News Trump questioned why Haitians should be given specific consideration.
Republican congresswoman Mia Love was among those criticizing Trump's reported comments about H...
Republican congresswoman Mia Love was among those criticizing Trump's reported comments about Haitians
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“Why do we need more Haitians, take them out,” he said, according to sources. Someone else in the room responded: “Because if you do, it will be obvious why.”
But on Friday, Trump Tweeted, "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country." He added, "Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the meeting on Thursday said on Friday that Trump used all of the language that has been attributed to him in media reports.
"...in the course of his comments, (the president) said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist," Durbin told reporters. "I use those words advisedly. I understand how powerful they are, but I cannot believe that in the history of the White House and that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday. You've seen the comments in the press; I’ve not read one of them that’s inaccurate."
The DACA deal and the "Great wall of Trump"
The vulgar and racist tirade by Trump apparently started because he didn't like the compromise deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security made by a bipartisan team of senators during the meeting in the White House.
"Why do we want all these people from 'shithole countries' coming here?" Trump told senators in the Oval Office, according to a source briefed on the meeting, the comments from which were first reported by The Washington Post.
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"The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards. Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime.....," Trump tweeted.
Comments cause outrage around the world
From the United Nations to the 55-country African Union (AU), Trump's comments were branded as "racist." The comment "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice," said Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki.
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"This is even more hurtful given the historical reality of just how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, and also terribly surprising as the United States remains a massively positive example as just how migration can give birth to a nation," Kalondo said. She clled the comments "clearly racist."
Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara, told AFP that Trump's words were nothing new from a "racist and ignorant" administration, nor from the West at large.
"This is no different from what Hollywood and Western media have been saying about Africa for decades. We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries."
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