Haiti's Ambassador To The US Responds To Donald Trump's Controversial Statements

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President Donald Trump on Friday offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries a day earlier.

On Thursday, Trump was in a private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration when those who attended said he questioned why the USA would accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.

The state's top nation as a source of immigration is India.

Some Republicans, notably Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), who's of Haitian descent, have called out the president for the comments and have requested an apology.

Trump did not respond Friday to several questions about the incident, including whether he actually used vulgar language to describe African nations, or if he is racist. "As our brothers and sisters from these countries are primarily people of color, these alleged remarks are especially disturbing", said James Rogers, the chief communications officer for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

On Wednesday, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg had visited the White House and was praised by Trump for running a trade deficit with the United States and for buying U.S. military equipment.

Trump, who grew up in a Presbyterian family, shot back saying it was "disgraceful" for the pope to question his faith. I could tell you about my parents, how they came to this country with so many other Haitians, how they embraced the American dream and thrived, how I and so many first-generation Haitian-Americans are products of our parents' American dreams.

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

But she said it's proof Trump and many others are misinformed about the contributions many Haitians have made to their communities.

Haiti said it was shocked by Trump's reported remarks and summoned the top United States diplomat in the country for an explanation.

In a statement Friday, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), which held events to help DACA applicants process their paperwork, said, "It is unacceptable that the president of the United States would attack a bipartisan effort with his racist, xenophobic, and ill-informed language and beliefs". In his tweet, he admitted to using "tough" lanuage but denied using the word "s**thole".

Trump's comments this week saw a plethora of pundits calling him a "racist".

While Kalondo said the comments were "clearly" racist, she didn't believe they indicated a shift in the United States stance towards Africa. The president denied the report on Friday, but not before lawmakers and staffers in the room confirmed that President Trump, did, indeed, think out loud, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?"

Journalist Yamiche Alcindor spoke directly with Haiti's ambassador to the U.S., Paul Altidor. We take offense to this description of these lands and of their thoughtful, loving and passionate people.

One Twitter user made a meme featuring Ann Coulter holding a sign saying "I'm a miserable person who peddles hate to make money off of dumb republicans". Obviously, even dysfunctional places have their talented people who could pass muster under a merit-based system, and we should always have a refugee program for people facing persecution in their home countries.

"The exact word used by the president, not just once but repeatedly", the senator said. "Do we need more Hatians?"'