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What They’re Saying: Trump’s S***hole Comment

by Countable | 1.12.18

During an immigration meeting in the Oval Office on Thursday, President Donald Trump reportedly dismissed Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as "s***hole countries."

"Why are we having all these people from s****hole countries come here?" Trump said, according to several people briefed on the meeting.

People in the meeting, outside the meeting, and purportedly referenced in the meeting had much to say.

First, here’s what the White House – and president – said about the comment.

After the Washington Post first reported on Trump’s remarks, White House spokesman Raj Shah issued a statement neither confirming nor denying the president’s statements:

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people."

However, on Friday morning Trump tweeted:

Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was in the meeting with Trump, confirmed the president’s "s***hole" remark:

Given the various accounts of the meeting, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) tweeted:

As for the other Congressional members in the meeting, Manu Raju, Senior Congressional Correspondent for CNN, tweeted a summary of their responses:

Haitian-American GOP Rep. Mia Love of Utah issued a statement, saying Trump’s comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values."

Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Paul G. Altidor, also condemned the president’s remarks.

"In the spirit of the people of Haiti we feel in the statements, if they were made, the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people."

Ebba Kalondo, the spokeswoman for the African Union, shared similar sentiments:

"The African Union Commission is frankly alarmed at statements by the president of the United States when referring to migrants of African countries and others in such contemptuous terms. Considering the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the U.S. during the Atlantic slave trade, this flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice."

Other world leaders chimed in as well, though none as abrasive as former Mexican president Vicente Fox:

Senegal’s president, Macky Sall, tweeted: "I am shocked by President Trump’s comments on Haiti and Africa. I reject them and condemn them vigorously. Africa and black people deserve the respect and consideration of all."

Botswana’s government issued a statement calling the president’s remark:

"highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist."

Salvador Sánchez, the president of El Salvador, tweeted Trump’s words had "struck at the dignity of Salvadorans".

Back in the U.S., the Congressional Black Caucus tweeted out a comment from its chairman, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA):

GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah tweeted he looked forward "to getting a more detailed explanation":

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the lone African American Republican in the upper chamber, said in a statement:

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) shared Scott’s concerns, commenting:

"If these comments are accurate, they are disappointing. I would not talk about nations like this, because I believe the people of those countries are made in the image of God and have worth and human dignity."

Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, tweeted:

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California tweeted:

But not everyone condemned the president’s reported remarks. Conservative author Ann Coulter fawned:

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—Josh Herman


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