Catholic leaders condemn Trump remarks about Haiti, Africa

United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva that Trump's comments were "shocking and shameful".

Grant Harris, who ran Africa policy at the White House under former president Barack Obama, said "it's nearly impossible for diplomats to say something that would make an African government feel better".

But Norwegians and their Scandinavian cousins on Twitter made a decision to mock Mr Trump and America itself instead by asking why they would want to go to a country without free healthcare and rampant gun crime.

Failing that, leading figures in the Democratic Party and the media (along with some conservatives) apparently concluded that treating Trump with at least the minimal respect and deference traditionally accorded to the presidency might help to maintain or restore "democratic norms" in this time of crisis.

President Donald Trump offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries. "I've never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United States". Later, a senior official for the US bishops conference released a statement highlighting the racial elements of Mr. Trump's comments.

While Kalondo said the comments were "clearly" racist, she didn't believe they indicated a shift in the U.S. stance towards Africa.

Haitian-born City Council Member Mathieu Eugene said is a statement that Trump's comments stray away from America's mission to welcome all immigrants. President Jovenel Moise said: "The Haitian government condemns in the strongest terms these abhorrent and obnoxious remarks which, if proven, reflect a totally erroneous and racist view of the Haitian community and its contribution to the United States". She said asking if Trump is racist is not enough, that people need to do something that will have an "economic impact".

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome".

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece, a conservative, was interviewed by Fox and Friends today and defended the 45th president of the United States against accusations of racism, calling critics "outrageous".

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"Ours is not a shithole country and neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", said Jessie Duarte, the deputy secretary general of South Africa's ruling African National Congress.

Paul Altidor, Haiti's ambassador to the USA, called Trump's comments "regrettable" and based on "clich├ęs and stereotypes rather than actual fact".

Trump denied on Friday using such derogatory language, but he had already been widely condemned in many African countries and by worldwide rights organisations.

Last fall, the Department of Homeland Security canceled the Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants.

DHS announced on January 8 that it will end protected immigration status for about 200,000 migrants from El Salvador.

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Asked about Mr Trump's comments, 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". "President Trump seems to relish derogatory remarks about others and praise for himself".

Their strongly-worded message follows an emergency meeting after the USA president used vulgar language to reject an immigration bill, asking why the USA would take in more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.


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