Trump's "Shithole Countries" Line Makes Bipartisanship Even More Elusive

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

The African ambassadors issued the statement late Friday following an emergency meeting after Mr. Trump used vulgar language to reject an immigration bill, asking why the USA would take in more people from Haiti and "sh*thole countries" in Africa.

In his meeting with a group of senators, Trump had questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s**thole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and others who had been briefed on the remarkable Oval Office conversation.

President Trump has since denied using such vulgar language, tweeting that 'the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., also a Cuban-American, said Trump's language, "should not be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House". "Donald Trump insults El Salvador", read one headline.

A censured president can remain in office-unlike impeachment, or the invocation of the 25th Amendment, both of which would remove the president from the White House and allow the vice president to step in.

Mr Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Haitians?" We are the country that eight years ago lost more than 300,000 people whose lives and memory we should be commemorating, rather than trying to hold our heads up wherever in the world we happen to be.

It did not take an advanced degree or even complete fluency in English to understand President Trump's assertion that Haiti, El Salvador and African nations were "shithole countries" whose citizens, at least according to Trump, are not desirable in the United States.

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The Fix's Eugene Scott explains how Trump's "shithole countries" comment is the latest example of his history of demeaning statements on nonwhite immigrants.

He also questioned President Barack Obama's citizenship and made derogatory remarks about several different ethnic groups while campaigning for president. This would make for a more rational system and one with a more diverse flow of immigrants than under the status quo.

"Why do we need more Haitians?" The remarks, Durbin said, were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content". As a citizen of Norway, I can tell you we're not flattered, but offended by the President's eagerness to have us emigrate.

On a week during which Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood remembered thousands of Haitian quake victims, racially tinged remarks attributed to America's President brought some to tears.

In a statement, the A.U Mission said it condemned the remarks in the strongest terms and wants a retraction of the comments and an apology to not only to the Africans but to all people of African descent around the globe.

The fairly routine exam for previous presidents has taken on outsized importance in the age of Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and Trump's recent slurring of words on national TV.

He went on to talk about he witnessed in Haiti, stating the nation's people had "been through more, they've withstood more, they've fought back against more injustice than our President ever has".

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