WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump yesterday implied that he did not describe African nations and Haiti as “shithole countries” during a meeting with legislators over immigration. “This was not the language used,” he said in a tweet.
During a Thursday meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform, Trump demanded to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called “shithole” countries, according to comments first reported by the Washington Post.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to people briefed on the meeting who spoke with The Washington Post.
The New York Times later reported the same comment, citing unnamed people with direct knowledge of the meeting.
The reported comments sparked outrage, with the United Nations slamming his comments as “racist”.
“There is no other word one can use but ‘racist’,” UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing when asked about the comments.
“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.” —Agencies