El Salvador slams 'deplorable' comment attributed to Trump

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 13, 2018

The comments come amid worldwide outage over a Washington Post report that Trump referred to people from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as coming from "shithole countries" country during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers about US immigration policy on Thursday.

On Twitter, Trump said he did use tough language in the meeting, but seemed to deny using the expletive in question. His "sh*thole" comment, printed in The Washington Post the same time the Journal ran their piece, ruined those plans.

The White House issued a statement on Thursday which did not dispute the allegation.

U.S. President Donald Trump implied on Friday the language he used during the meeting on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was "tough" but he didn't use the infamous "shithole countries" term.

He continued an hour later, tweeting, "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". Trump said during a bipartisan meeting on immigration earlier this week, according to multiple people in the room. In an editorial, the local Daily Maverick called the comments "a new low", adding, "Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate".

Durbin said when the issue of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitian immigrants in the US was raised, the president responded "Haitians".

Mr Trump continued: "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

But I can not believe in the history of the White House in that Oval Office any president has ever spoken the words I personally heard our president speak yesterday. "All Americans must remember that the founding ideal of our country - E Pluribus Unum: out of many, one - has truly made America great". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust". "Why do we need more Haitians?".

Other foreign officials like Hugo Martinez of El Salvador and representatives of the African National Congress are seeking an official response from USA authorities regarding Trump's comments.

Meanwhile, The Nigerian Daily Post had the headline, "Trump allegedly calls Africa 's-hole, ' orders 259,000 immigrants out of U.S". Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, said in statement Friday that "we do not recall the president saying these comments specifically".

Spokesman Rupert Colville said: "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist". Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met with on Wednesday.

He recounted to reporters what he heard: "He said, 'Haitians?".

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), who attended the meeting said Trump's denial is a lie.

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