Trump’s disgusting remarks about Haiti and African nations came during a meeting about immigration
In the last year, Donald Trump has said more wildly offensive and hurtful things than we can even keep track of, but if it’s possible, he’s finally outdone himself with unbelievably racist remarks made during a meeting about immigration yesterday.
According to The Washington Post, Trump became frustrated during an Oval Office meeting discussing protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries while working toward a bipartisan immigration deal. As part of his frustration, several people briefed on the meeting report that the president asked, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” referring to immigrants from Haiti and Africa.
He wanted to know why we couldn’t have more immigrants from Norway and Asian countries that might be able to help our economy. He specifically stated, according to people familiar with the meeting, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” NBC News reports that someone in the room said, “Because if you do, it will be obvious why.”
This is our president. This is what he thinks. There are simply no words.
In a statement obtained by The Washington Post refuting Trump’s remarks, Paul G. Altidor, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States said that “the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people.”
The White House also issued a statement obtained by NBC News that didn’t deny the president’s words. “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.”
For his part, Trump has already taken to Twitter to deny what he said. His tweet reads, “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”
Let’s not forget that The New York Times reported that last June, Trump said Haitians entering the United States “all have AIDS.” So while it’s repulsive to hear him speak about Haiti and other African nations this way, no one can say it’s a surprise. At the time of their reporting, the White House denied to the Times that he said it.
With this latest news, it’s even harder to believe their flimsy refutation. This is who Donald Trump is as a person. We should all be horrified.