Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Show hosts skewer Donald Trump over comment on African nations

Show hosts skewer Donald Trump over comment on African nations

US President Donald Trump'scomplaints about immigrants coming to the US from "s--hole countries" have prompted condemnation from around the world.

Those Salvadorans must obtain full legal status or face deportation before September 9, 2019; many said Monday they were heartbroken by the prospect of having to leave the lives and families they have built during their time in the United States. Trump was quoted as saying.

Several commentators compared Mr Trump's depiction of immigrants from some countries to the treatment that Irish people received in previous times, including MSNBC news presenter Lawrence O'Donnell.

The President's comments have drawn widespread condemnation.

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, compared Mr Trump's comments to Nazism.

However, justifying the President's claim, in a statement White House spokesman Raj Shah said, "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people".

The meeting was attended by half a dozen senators and congressmen from both parties.

Mia Love, a Utah Republican and the only Haitian-American in Congress, demanded Trump apologise for the "unkind, divisive, elitist" comments. She said, "This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation" and called on Trump to apologize to the American people "and the nations he so wantonly maligned".

The agreement among senators came as more than 100 corporate CEOs urged Congress to "act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are now living, working, and contributing to our communities to continue doing so".

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"These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States".

Believe me, Mr. President, people from "shithole countries" also Make America Great.

Hillary Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine was scathing in his criticism.

Durbin, a key negotiator in DACA talks, recounted the meeting on MSNBC Friday, saying, "He said, 'Haitians".

Carlson said the characterization of Haiti being a disheveled country was true, and called out MSNBC for playing the race card.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, of IL, who was in the meeting with Trump, flatly contradicted Trump's denial on Friday. But the White House later rejected it, plunging the issue back into uncertainty just eight days before a deadline that threatens a government shutdown.

Another user said that Trump only said what "everyone is thinking".

The African Union continental body told The Associated Press it was "frankly alarmed" by Trump's reported comments. "So we'll be talking to the White House about that and I hope we can move forward with that".

But nearly immediately a senator who attended the meeting said it was "the exact word used by the president - not just once but repeatedly". It gave the approximately 59,000 Haitian immigrants who had been granted the status until July 2019 to return home or legalize their presence in the United States.

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If nothing else, Sessions may have made Trump's own base more skeptical of legalization for the moment. "It would not legalize". The people have spoken loud and clear across the nation and it's time for Congress to start listening, and respond with action.

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