Earlier today President Donald Trump asked a group of pro-amnesty senators why the US should welcome migrants from “sh*tholes” like Haiti or Central America.
The New York Daily News published a brutal front page with the headline, “S*** for brains” above a cartoon image of a poo emoji with the President’s features. It posted the page on Twitter with the caption: “@realdonaldtrump takes a dump on the American dream.”
President Trump reportedly blew up during an Oval Office meeting on immigration, asking,
“Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?” in reference to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations. “We should bring in more people from places like Norway”.
The African Union continental body told The Associated Press it was “frankly alarmed” by Mr. Trump’s comments.
“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. “This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity.”
African governments quickly found themselves in an awkward position. As top recipients of U.S. aid, some hesitated to jeopardize it by criticizing Trump, especially as his administration has sought to slash foreign assistance.
“Unless it was specifically said about South Sudan, we have nothing to say,” South Sudan government spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told The Associated Press.
In Haiti, one of the nations disparaged by name by Mr. Trump, the response was in turn more direct. The Haitian government summoned the U.S. charge d’affairs, Robin Diallo, to explain the president’s comments. President Trump’s nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Haiti has not yet arrived at the post, making Diallo the highest ranking U.S. diplomat in the Caribbean nation.
In Geneva, meanwhile, a United Nations representative also called President Trump’s wording blatantly racist.
“There is no other word one can use but ‘racist’… This isn’t just a story about vulgar language, it’s about opening the door to humanity’s worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia,” United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said, according to Reuters. “You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘sh*tholes’, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”
The White House announced earlier this week that it was removing the protection for El Salvador.
Tonight Haiti formally summoned a US official to come before the government and explain what Trump meant by “sh*thole.” Yamiche Alcindor spoke with Rachel Maddow on Thursday.
Yamiche Alcindor reports on the reaction of Haiti’s ambassador to the U.S. to Donald Trump’s “shithole” remark. pic.twitter.com/Omi90OWaFV
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) January 12, 2018
The White House has not denied the comments and White House spokesman Raj Shah moved to defend the president.
He said: “Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people.
“Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”