Sunday, 21 January, 2018

'This guy is a bigot,' Atlanta immigrants say of Trump's reported comments

Flags of African Union members flying at a 2010 summit in Uganda 'This guy is a bigot,' Atlanta immigrants say of Trump's reported comments
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 06:41

The reports about the language used in the meeting referenced in this story have affected negotiations over DACA, they have had diplomatic repercussions and they are renewing charges of racism aimed at the president. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made". The White House later denied he used the word AIDS to describe Haitians.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who was in the meeting, said Trump did in fact say those words and that he "said them repeatedly".

In recounting the meeting, Durbin suggested that Trump's "shitholes" slur was aimed at African nations.

Trump is claimed to have questioned why the United States was would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "sh**hole" countries. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Purdue of Georgia said they did not recall Trump's remarks. Someone else in the room responded: “Because if you do, it will be obvious why.

In a statement late Thursday, the White House did not dispute the vulgar language reportedly used by Trump during the meeting.

El Salvador's government has formally protested President Donald Trump's alleged remarks about immigrants from "s***hole countries" and demanded Washington's respect for its "noble and courageous people".

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC issued a statement that didn't reveal much: "Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday". Trump also allegedly asked, "Why do we need more Haitians?".

"I can not believe that in the history of the Oval Office any president has spoken the words that I have personally heard the President speak yesterday", said Durbin, clearly appalled. We have a group that was granted temporary protected status in the United States because they were the victims of crises and disasters and political upheaval.

"We are strongly committed in the Special Relationship between our two countries and we are confident the new Embassy will provide the necessary platform to continue our cooperation", the statement read.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday that "I said my piece directly" to President Donald Trump after he reportedly made derogatory comments about Haiti and Africa - though the South Carolina Republican did not say whether the president had made the "s**thole countries" remark. The policy change could affect almost 60,000 Haitians who fled to the US following a devastating quake in 2010.

Durbin said in a statement today that "in the course of his comments, President Trump said things that were hate-filled, vile, and racist".