Friday, 20 April, 2018

Some media figures call Trump racist after profane remarks

Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2018, 11:22

Nairobi, Africans have reacted angrily after US President Donald Trump reportedly referred to their nations as "shithole countries", with many accusing the US president of racism and ignorance.

Mr Trump convened Thursday's meeting to discuss reforming immigration policy, and one of the politicians inside the Oval Office suggested that a deal could be reached if Mr Trump agreed to restore protection for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. Dick Durbin (D-IL) confirmed the allegations.

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

Trump later added, "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". These immigrants have lived in a kind of limbo since past year, when Mr. Trump scrapped an Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

In a statement released on Friday, the mission expressed its disappointment in the president of the United States and demanded a "retraction of the comment" and an "apology to Africans". "He said blatantly what many of us know that he believes because he has said too many times to be mistaken: that immigrants from Africa, the continent of Africa, and from Haiti, are not welcome because of their color and their place of origin, to the United States".

Trump's disparaging remarks were swiftly criticized online and on cable news networks. "The president's emphasis on doing away with chain migration and the lottery is about people who are brought into the country with no regard to their skills, education or what their effect will be on the country", Beck said. There is no other word for it but racist.

In one of several Twitter posts on Friday, Trump defended his stance on a bipartisan Senate immigration deal, but denied using the vulgar language ascribed to him.

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"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".

"Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin", Hatch added.

"I can not believe that, in the history of the White House and that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday".

The White House determines what data will be released from the exam. Trump is not compelled to release any information, and there is no template for the presidential exam. Jackson is expected to take questions about the results from reporters on Tuesday.

"Either the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated", Altidor said, adding that Haiti's government also formally summoned a U.S. official to explain the comments. "Given historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said. The deal was a nonstarter for conservative senators at the meeting and also for Trump.

An immigration hard-liner in Congress, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, tweeted support for Trump's remarks Friday: "If those countries aren't as you described, Democrats should be happy to deport criminal aliens back to them". Most of all, it's not what a president should believe.

In a statement it said it had asked the USA government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there.

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