Scholar offers historical context for president's alleged derogatory remarks

Scholar offers historical context for president's alleged derogatory remarks

Scholar offers historical context for president's alleged derogatory remarks

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said she was appalled by President Donald Trump's recent comments in the Oval Office, in which he reportedly said immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations come "from shithole countries" and questioned why they should be welcomed in by the United States.

Trump reportedly questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s***hole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal.

He also denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians other than that Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". He is also a design engineer in the defense industry and a Haitian immigrant who says the portrayal of his country is offensive.

Trump's alleged comments were met with condemnation from the United Nations.

While Mr Trump announced the abolition of the programme for "dreamers" in October, he gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative solution.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett, reporting from Washington, DC, said: "The calls for the president to apologise for his remarks are intensifying inside and outside the USA, but for now, that apology does not appear likely".

But U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, who was at the meeting, insists the Republican president used the vulgar term.

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"Haitians don't deserve such treatment", said Paul Altidor, the Haitian ambassador.

"These are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States", U.N. spokesman Rupert Colville said. He said these hate-filled things. "There is a serious need for dialogue between the U.S. administration and the African countries".

Mr Trump has denied using that language, but others present said that he did. And for all of you who over the last few years who have uttered that exhausted, lazy, uninformed, uneducated, ignorant, response of calling me and others who point out racist behavior "racist"?

The president implied Friday morning on Twitter that maybe he should start recording meetings because there is no trust. I want safety and security for our people.

Durbin said when the issue of Temporary Protective Status for Haitian immigrants in the USA was raised, the president responded "Haitians".

"We would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that about any country that has any kind of socio-economic or other difficulties", Duarte said, adding that much like their African counterparts, millions of USA citizens were affected by problems such as unemployment.

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