Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump's Shithole Remarks Will Strengthen His Control of the GOP

Trump's Shithole Remarks Will Strengthen His Control of the GOP

Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, described the president's words as "hateful, vile and racist".

Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting in which he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville.

Trump had questioned why the United States would want to accept immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries", according to two sources familiar with the comments.

The comment "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice", said Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki.

Norwegians made it clear they would not be moving to the USA, as reportedly suggested. The Washington Post reported that, during the meeting, Trump said immigrants from Haiti should be left out of any new agreement approved by Congress.

The president was referring to African countries and Haiti, both newspapers said, with the Post including El Salvador on its list.

President Trump speaks to the media on January 10 as he meets with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington.

His comments drew a chorus of condemnation inside the United States and internationally, especially in Africa.

"It's about opening the door wider to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia that will potentially disrupt and destroy the lives of many people", he warned.

Former Prime Minister Laurant Lamothe said Trump showed "a lack of respect and ignorance" not previously shown by a US president and "the world is witnessing a new low today".

Trump criticizes federal judge blocking him on immigration
The tentative deal also addresses border security, including a border wall, the diversity visa lottery and chain migration. A 2013 bill that passed the Senate but died without a vote in the House remains a good blueprint for immigration reform.

The president and lawmakers are in the midst of intense negotiations about how to shield almost 800,000 "dreamers" from deportation.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., criticized Trump's remarks during an event Friday in Milwaukee, pointing to his own Irish ancestors' migration to America.

Less than three hours later, Durbin and a Republican colleague, Senator Lindsey Graham, drove away from the White House with the deal in pieces and a controversy over offensive language about to reverberate worldwide.

Christian Christensen, professor of journalism in Stockholm, tweeted: "Of course people from Norway would love to move to a country where people are far more likely to be shot, live in poverty, get no healthcare because they're poor, get no paid parental leave or subsidised daycare and see fewer women in political power".

Mr Trump's latest comments also provided ample fodder for talkshow hosts.

El Salvador on Friday slammed a comment attributed to US President Donald Trump reportedly calling it and other nations "shithole" countries and demanded an official US denial or clarification.

Trump's reported comments were also taken personally by Dr. Andrew Furey, an orthopedic surgeon in St. John's, N.L., and founder of Team Broken Earth, a group of medical professionals who responded to the Haitian natural disaster in 2010 and has since returned to the country several times.

"I refused. because I'm not going to serve under Trump", she said. "Probably should record future meetings". But some Democrats have threatened to withhold support unless an immigration pact is forged.

As Breitbart News reported, five years of chain migration to the USA adds more people to the country than one year of American births.

Many have called for Mr Trump to apologise over his remarks which they say are racist.

Some Republicans also criticized Trump.

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