Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

CNN news host's emotional speech after Trump's alleged 's***hole' remarks

CNN news host's emotional speech after Trump's alleged 's***hole' remarks

Former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton honoured the people of Haiti and called out Trump's "ignorant, racist views".

Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Trump's comments were "completely unacceptable", telling WPLG-TV in Miami that "if that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it".

"We're trying to get the technology that we learn from here, and take it back there", Maina added. The reason is simple: "Donald Trump is a racist", he said in a tweet.

Later, a senior official for the USA bishops conference released a statement highlighting the racial elements of Mr. Trump's comments. "The president of the United States said it, so you do have to deal with it".

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.

In a Thursday evening All Things Considered report, NPR referred to Trump's remarks only as a "vulgar slur", and reporter Kelsey Snell said listeners who wanted the full phrase could look at the NPR website, where it was rendered as "s***hole".

On CNN, Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that the President's comments were "dangerous" and "do not represent America".

"I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", he said on Twitter, adding that Democrats had made the accusations up.

"Trump has always been a racist, only a racist can use such foul language", said Nancy Mulenga, a student at the University of Zambia.

First NPR didn't use "the word" and then it did.

"Trump denied saying anything derogatory about Haitians".

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine told Patty Wight of Maine Public Radio that the president should not denigrate citizens of other countries and that "it does not help us come up with a bipartisan approach to immigration".

Trump denies using racist slur on African countries
Trump denied in a pair of tweets on Friday that he made the comment, but referred to Haiti as a "very poor and troubled country". And despite the president's opposition, Durbin said lawmakers still plan to vote on a plan reforming DACA next week.

Mia Love, a congresswoman from Utah who is of Haitian descent, called Mr Trump's reported comments "unkind" and "divisive", and demanded an apology.

"Other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country", he posted on Twitter. Never said "take them out".

An alleged description of African and other countries as "shitholes" by Donald Trump prompted outrage on Friday, even as the United States president appeared to deny having used the specific term.

Not suprisingly, Trump's comments were met with heavy criticism and condemnation by many.

Asked about the comments, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny them.

On Thursday, Trump reportedly questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s***hole countries" in Africa.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", he wrote.

"Kenya is one of the fastest growing countries in Africa", he said.

Before the "shithole" controversy, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt tweeted that, judging by Solberg's visit, "keys to success with Trump is personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the US and buying tons of USA military hardware".

Trump seems to be defending himself against the furor over his vulgar words to describe African countries. In exchange for a compromise on the Daca programme, Mr Trump is demanding funding for his Mexican border wall.

'I was very proud of him. "Why do we want all these people from Africa here? I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs", he tweeted.

The news broke late Thursday afternoon that during a meeting with lawmakers, Trump described some countries in Africa and the Caribbean, like Haiti, as "sh-hole countries".

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