World, US Lawmakers React to President Trump’s ‘Tough Language’ During Immigration Talks

President Donald Trump is seen here speaking at an immigration with a bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s complaints about immigrants coming to the United States from “s***hole countries” have prompted condemnation from around the world.

US Democratic and Republican lawmakers criticized those comments as “divisive” and “unacceptable,” while Haiti summoned the top American diplomat there to discuss Trump’s remarks.

Trump’s reported comments, made at closed-door White House talks on an immigration deal, were a reaction to a plan to cut the number of people entering the United States through its visa lottery program. According to CNN sources, lawmakers proposed reducing the number by half, with the rest going to underrepresented countries in Africa and nations with temporary protected status, or TPS.

UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville condemned Trump’s remarks as “shocking and shameful” and going against the world’s “universal values.”

“I’m sorry, but there’s no other word one can use but racist,” Colville said, responding to reporters at a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland. “You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘s***holes’ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”

Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations in such vulgar terms, tweeting: “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”

The furor comes as Haiti prepares to commemorate eight years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake killed hundreds of thousands and displaced many more.

As a result of that disaster, Haitians were accorded TPS in the United States, granted to individuals from countries where conditions such as war, natural disasters or political strife prevent them from returning safely.

Former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said, “SHAME ON TRUMP! “The world is witnessing a new low today” and called Trump’s remarks “totally unacceptable!”

“It shows a lack of respect and ignorance never seen before in the recent history of the US by any President,” Lamothe tweeted.

With the US ambassadorship in Haiti vacant, Robin Diallo, the charge d’affaires at the embassy, is set to meet Friday with Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, a senior State Department official told CNN.

Haiti’s US envoy, Paul Altidor, condemned what he called Trump’s “misguided” remarks in an interview with NPR, saying he was “surprised and disappointed” and hoped there might be an apology for his country.

The Trump administration announced late last year it would end the TPS designation for Haiti, a move that could affect tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants. The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced it would also end protections for more than 200,000 Salvadorans.

Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez responded by tweeting about his countrymen’s contributions to the United States, saying “a good part of those who helped rebuild New Orleans after Katrina were Salvadoran. I feel proud to be Salvadoran.”

Meanwhile, American diplomats and the US Embassy in San Salvador sought to assure Salvadorans of their respect for the country.

Jean Manes, US ambassador to El Salvador, tweeted in Spanish: “I have had the privilege to travel around this beautiful country and meet thousands of Salvadorans. It is an honor to live and work here. We remain 100% committed.”

The official account for the US Embassy in San Salvador also tweeted in Spanish: “The United States is proud to be a partner of El Salvador and we remain firm in our friendship that dates back various decades.”

Nepal, which became a TPS nation after a major earthquake in 2015, said authorities were discussing their response.

Nepalese Foreign Minister Bharat Raj Paudyal told CNN that “we are aware of President Trump’s comments, and our ministry is discussing the matter.”

A senior official from Somalia, also on the US list of TPS nations, told CNN that Trump’s comments were unworthy of a response.

“It sounds like fake news to me,” Somali Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman said by phone from Mogadishu. “If it’s real, it doesn’t need a response. Those comments do not deserve a response.”

On Twitter, former Mexican President Vicente Fox, a longtime Trump critic, said the US leader’s mouth “is the foulest s***hole in the world.”

“With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not. America’s greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?” he asked.

Former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who’s now president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said the Trump administration is “leading a race to the bottom on refugees and immigrants that is a betrayal of America’s future as well as of its history.”

There was also fierce reaction from people on the African continent to Trump’s remarks.

The government of Botswana said it had summoned the US ambassador to the southern African nation to “express its displeasure” over Trump’s reported comments, which it views as “highly irresponsibly, reprehensible and racist.”

The government said it had also asked the United States to “clarify if Botswana is regarded as a ‘s***hole’ country.”

“I am shocked by the words of President Trump on Haiti and Africa,” Senegalese President Macky Sall said in an official tweet.

“I reject them and condemn vigorously. Africa and the black race deserve the respect and consideration of all.”

African Union spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said Trump’s reported comments were alarming and surprising, particularly “given that so many Africans arrived in the US as slaves.”

“It is, frankly, upsetting,” she said. “Our relationship with the United States goes beyond the statement of one man, however, though he is the highest office bearer of that land.”

In Kenya, Saum Ramadhan, a 23-year-old engineering student at the University of Nairobi, told CNN she found Trump’s comments “very offensive, because I think most countries in Africa are pretty stable and we are doing good.”

She added: “There might be some struggles, but I think we are doing good. I don’t think it’s fair to classify all Africa as shitty. That is absolutely wrong.”

Duncan Owor, a medical student from Central Kenya, said it was “not the right thing for him to do,” given his status.

“He is the President of the United States of America. We expect more of him. We expect him to be an example. We are growing democracies. We don’t expect such remarks,” Owor said.

Kenyan activist and politician Boniface Mwangi said that “how America elected a narcissist, racist, white supremacist to be their president defies logic.”

“Africa sends love and light to America,” he added.

Cartoonist Victor Ndula tweeted an image of a “s***hole” map of Africa he produced for Kenya’s The Star newspaper.

Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi remarked on Twitter, “Africa isn’t a s***hole. It’s the most beautiful continent in the world. Beautiful, hardworking people. We have diamonds, gold, iron, cobalt, uranium, copper, bauxite, silver, petroleum, cocoa, coffee, tea etc. Sadly we have #s***hole leaders like Trump shitting on us everyday.”

South Africa’s best-known morning-news anchor, Leanne Manas, tweeted, “Good morning from the greatest most beautiful ‘s***hole country’ in the world!!!”

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28 comments

  • truthhurts

    Who cares what Mexican president fox thinks, and by what authority does the Mexican president of his drug cartel ruled country proclaim that “anybody that pleases has a god given right to come to the USA?” The deal back then was to populate the country with strong workers & settle the west, times are different now, much more dangerous importing from 3rd world civil war torn countries now, Democrats don’t get it, its necessary to weed through the potential immigrants now..there’s a big difference between Polish, Italian & German immigrants and machete wielding wildlings from “-hole countries”

    • history hurts

      Your family from Germany and millions from other “sh**hole countries” like Ireland, Czechoslovakia, Poland etc etc etc fled for their lives from their countries that were in shambles and ruins. Unfortunately we got a few like you in the deal, but the vast majority have been a force for good in this country.

  • Roflmao

    So S-hole is offensive, but when the Dims refer to the states between the coasts as flyover states (meaning nothing of value no reason to land) or nickname states Pennsyltucky its funny. Dims can call American citizens deplorable but calling places like Haiti a S-hole is now horrible. WNEP contributors constantly refer to Schuylkill county as a S-hole filled with drunken Irish trash, but Trump has gone to far? ROFLMAO! Melt down you DIMS, MELT!

    • history hurts

      Duhh yeah. You are right to point out racism and its ill effects. Odd how you think the the racist-in-chief is a Democrat. You also need to study history about how Democrats like JFK and FDR fought so hard to stop racism towards people from “sh**thole countries” like Ireland. Before the brainwashing by Fox etc, these rural folks were all Dems and were HATED by the GOP. The only thing different is you are still hated by the GOP but they laugh at your gullibility and willingness to vote against your own interests in favor of the Wall Street billionaires.

      • Roflmao

        Yup, the Dims always fought to keep the minorities down, inviting more and more into this country. But it was LBJ that signed freedom’s Do Not Resuscitate order in 1964. Ensuring millions of the worlds future poor could come here for free stuff, and never have to grow up to be responsible. You hand out fish, not the rod and reel.

  • Jd

    But wait! If they’re NOT sh-hole countries, why are their people coming here? Truth hurts the libtards feelings! Go President Trump! We cannot continue to take on the entire world population just because!

  • Bill K.

    They ARE shithole countries. If you think those countries are so wonderful then why don’t you go live over there? He’s just saying what normal people are thinking rater than pussyfooting around it. It’s time we take down that stupid sign that says “give us your tired and poor”. Replace it with a sign saying “we have enough tired and poor right now. Send vigorous and affluent. We’ll let you know when we’re ready for tired and poor again”.

    • brothwellp2

      He backtracked though. He sent out a tweet that said he never said that. Funny that he’s sort of the one pussyfooting now. I’d even go out on a limb and say he’s trying to sound politically correct, and avoiding bad press, which I thought was exactly the kind of thing he campaigned against. I think it’s embarrassing he said that, but I’d respect him more if he copped to it.

  • SayNo2Trump

    While I agree with his terms calling thoses countries what they are, the man is a lunatic and too unstable to be president. He’s alienating every other country out there, which will only hurt us.