Here's what happens when you ask Donald Trump if he's a racist

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 13, 2018

The African Union said that Trump's description of African nations as "shithole countries" was upsetting.

'The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used, ' Trump wrote, using unusually passive language in an effort to walk back the comment.

Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of IL on Friday said Trump had indeed made the comments about 's***hole countries'.

"Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation", Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in his statement. He further noted that he said nothing derogatory about Haitians "other than" pointing out that Haiti is a "very poor and troubled country".

"I read those comments later last night, the first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful", the Wisconsin Republican said at WisPolitics Luncheon in Milwaukee. He went on to say that he had "a wonderful relationship with Haitians". "This is the president of the United States, the leader of the free world, making these racist statements".

The organisation representing African countries has demanded that US President Donald Trump apologise after he reportedly called nations on the continent "shitholes".

Earlier in the day, the Office of UN Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the USA president's reported remarks that immigrants were coming from "shithole countries" were racist.

"The so-called bipartisan Daca deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards", he said referring to the deferred action on childhood arrivals bill that aims to give protection to "dreamers", undocumented immigrants who arrived to the United States as children. Trump said, according to several media outlets, including The Washington Post, and Democratic Sen. 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". "He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly", he said.

The president allegedly made the comment Thursday during an Oval Office meeting with democrats on a bipartisan immigration deal. Trump met this week with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Trump's timing in insulting Haitians is also a raw topic: Friday is the anniversary of the natural disaster that has precipitated years of hardship for a country that could ill afford the catastrophic series of events that followed (including a brutal, widespread cholera outbreak triggered by United Nations troops).

Another Republican Senator who was there, Lindsey Graham, did not deny the comments were made. He has said Mexican immigrants were "bringing crime" and were "rapists". He also blamed "both sides" after a white supremacist rally in August in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent and a woman protesting against the rally was killed.

In a joint statement, GOP Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue said that they "do not recall the President saying these comments" during the meeting they attended. But it wasn't just Democrats objecting.

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