Haitian president 'shocked' by Trump's 'shithole' slur on quake anniversary

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The Washington Post first reported Trump's vulgar remarks Thursday.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on prison reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, yesterday. The President did not answer.

"Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation", Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in his statement.

And Haitian ambassador Paul Altidor told MSNBC that Haiti believes Trump was "either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people."

The United Nations human rights office said the reported use of the expletive to describe Africa and other countries could "potentially damage and disrupt the lives of many people".

"For this president to say that that country is a sh-thole, I felt like he was talking about my father-in-law, my husband, our children, because they are Haitian", she continued.

Mr Trump continued: "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, described the president's words as "hateful, vile and racist".

"If someone should be ashamed it should be Trump", said Michel Aubry, 38, who lost his left foot when his house collapsed during the 2010 natural disaster.

According to liberal U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, Graham "spoke up" against Trump and "made a direct comment on what the president said".

Scott, who was elected in 2012, is the only African-American Republican in the Senate.

Mr. Durbin said that when Mr. Trump was told that the largest groups of immigrants with Temporary protected status were from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti, the president responded: "Haitians?". His bigotry cannot be hidden, and even the most staunch defenders of Trump can no longer legitimately state that he doesn't hold racist attitudes.

The President has since denied the comments; however, following Trump's denial, Sen. The reports about the language used in the meeting referenced in this story have affected negotiations over DACA, they have had diplomatic repercussions and they are renewing charges of racism aimed at the president.

Narkewicz, who said he has Haitian family members, called Trump's comments "despicable" over Twitter early Friday morning.