US President Donald Trump denied via Twitter that he said anything "derogatory about Haitians" during an immigration meeting at the White House on Thursday, as the country and the world continued to express outrage over his reported comments.
Obama's remarks on presidential behavior, albeit recorded months ago, were particularly pertinent on Friday as the nation reacted to Trump's alleged comments--initially reported by The Washington Post--on not wanting people from "shithole countries to come to the U.S". According to the Guardian, he told local Chicago press that Trump "said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist". Do we need more Haitians?' Then he went on and started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure.
The lawmakers were describing how certain immigration programs operate, including one to give safe haven in the United States to people from countries suffering from natural disasters or civil strife.
Trump's comments were immediately denounced as racist and xenophobic at home and overseas, by the United Nations human rights office and politicians from the countries named. Trump later denied using the vulgar phrase, but said he used "tough" language at the meeting.
And he wrote: "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".
The President also publicly rejected a bipartisan deal that was presented to him by lawmakers to resolve the DACA issue. He knows absolutely nothing about these people - the pain they've faced, their harrowing journeys, or their commitment to our country, much less the cultural vibrancy of the countries they came from.
Trump's latest comments have sparked global outrage and have been widely condemned as racist and extremely offensive. "Why do we want all these people from shithole countries?" I will not be diverted from all possible efforts to continue negotiating to stop the deportations. Macky Sall, president of Senegal, tweeted Friday he was "shocked" by Trump's words, adding that "Africa and the black race deserve the respect and consideration of all". His proposal to ban Muslims from entering the USA was also decried by people across the country. Governor Rick Scott, an early and staunch Trump supporter, is distancing himself from the president-issuing a statement that says "If this report is true, it is absolutely wrong to say or think this". So no surprise he is going to lie about this too.
"Trump has lied about pretty well everything in his life, with impunity".