Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Dick Durbin Was In The Room And Confirms Trump Made 'Shithole' Comments

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday Outrage over Trump slur on 'shithole' countries
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2018, 13:09

Trump has faced intense backlash for calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations "shithole countries" during an Oval Office meeting on immigration this week.

Meanwhile, at least one more African leader spoke up on Saturday.

On the eve of the eighth anniversary of the January 12, 2010, quake that devastated Haiti, the president, in the Oval Office, is said to have wondered aloud why he should allow immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations to enter the United States.

Ambassadors unanimously agreed the resolution after an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks.

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.

"Trump is absolutely right", said Mamady Traore, a 30-year-old sociologist in Guinea. US Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the gathering, told reporters on Friday that Trump used "vile, vulgar" language, including repeatedly using the word "shithole" when speaking about African countries.

Aaron Offe, 34, an immigrant from Ghana who now lives in the Bronx said Trump has not only hurt America's standing in the world but also deepened racial divides within the U.S.

The UN slammed the reported remarks as "shocking and shameful" and "racist".

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "s-holes" whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome".

Samantha Power, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, wrote on Twitter that she had "never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United Nations".

It said the "remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity".

Trump was widely derided past year after twice referring to Namibia as "Nambia" at the September meeting. As top recipients of USA aid, some hesitated to jeopardize it by criticizing Trump, especially as his administration has sought to slash foreign assistance.

Many Africans reminded the USA of its historic role in the continent's woes. In using the same label, CNN's Don Lemon asked, "how many examples do you need of this?"

Trump's comments came as Durbin was presenting details of the compromise plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment on the president's long-sought border wall.

"This is no different from what Hollywood and Western media have been saying about Africa for decades".

As he campaigned for president in 2016, Trump told Haitian-Americans in Miami that they were "amazing people" who add "so much to our country".

World leaders and New Yorkers alike are condemning President Trump's vulgar comments about Haiti and African countries as racist.

We know that lawyers are looking for evidence of racist bias in White House immigration policies and other initiatives.

Before he was president, Trump once called civil rights activist Al Sharpton to complain that he called him a racist and Sharpton said he corrected him - he was speaking about his actions and not him.

South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of "The Daily Show", described himself as an offended citizen of "South S***hole" and also criticised Trump's preferred choice of Norway for immigrants.

"I don't think it makes it impossible, but I suspect the Democrats are sitting there going: 'Why would we want to compromise with him on anything?'"