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Duncan, Democratic House candidates react to Haiti comments

14 January 2018

Trump allegedly referred to Haiti and African nations as "s--hole" countries.

Deputy Secretary General Jesse Duarte said developing countries do have difficulties, but the United States has millions of people out of work or without health care, and "we would not deign to make comments as derogatory".

He spent Thursday evening making a flurry of calls to friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to the tempest, according to the insider.

Metellus referred to Trump's September 2016 campaign stop in Little Haiti, where he promised "to be president of all Americans, that's everybody, and whether you vote for me or don't vote for me, I really want to be your greatest champion and I will be your champion".

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The response came after Trump told a bipartisan meeting of senators that the immigration system should be changed to allow fewer people from "shithole countries" during a discussion about Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations.

The comments revived charges that the president is racist, and rocked immigration talks that were already on a tenuous footing.

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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".

After Trump was asked at Thursday's White House meeting if the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa, the president reportedly questioned why people from "s***hole countries" are coming to America.

Trump has said he will end the program in March unless Congress acts - and also authorizes strict border enforcement measures, too. The remarks, Durbin said, were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content". At the time, the doctor said Mr. Trump was 6 foot 3 and 236 pounds, which qualifies him as overweight and almost obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

"If that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it", Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told WPLG-TV in Miami.

Both took to social media, where they blasted Trump's remarks.

But on Twitter on Friday morning, Trump appeared to deny that he said the word "shithole", although he did say his language was "tough".

Some Republicans were also plainly unhappy, with House Speaker Paul Ryan describing the reported comments as "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful".

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Almost a year into Trump's presidency, members of Congress are still struggling to relate to the unorthodox Trump and his spontaneous, often crude remarks.

Trump previous year ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided protection from deportation and the ability to legally work in the country.

Colville, whose boss, United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is a harsh Trump critic, urged Congress to "provide a durable solution" for the "Dreamers".

Globally, at least two American envoys overseas - in Haiti and Botswana - were summoned to explain the president's remarks. We are entrepreneurs, big and small, dreamers, workers.

"This is not just a story about vulgar language", he said. Some Democrats have threatened to withhold support unless an immigration pact is forged.

Trump's comments hit hard in Haiti, which on Friday marked the anniversary of a 2010 quake that killed between 220,000 and 300,000 people.

A Senior State Department official said U.S. ambassadors had been issued guidance on how to deal with the remarks if called in by foreign ministries to explain them. "We knew this at the inception of this administration and that was the lowest point in the history of our country to date", Cleveland said.

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"I'm not the only one that does not remember that being said". "We should have more people from Norway".

Duncan, Democratic House candidates react to Haiti comments