President Trump Calls African Countries, Haiti, and El Salvador 'Shithole' Countries


In a meeting behind closed doors, Donald Trump asked why we are allowing immigrants to "come here" from "shithole countries," according to reports.

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This week, the Trump Administration announced they would be ending Temporary Protection Status for El Salvador, affecting more than 200,000 Salvadorans in the U.S., who came here after the devastating 2001 earthquake. El Salvador is the latest country to be added to a growing list of countries who are losing TPS. In a meeting to discuss immigration from Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations who have TPS status he asked, "Why do we need more Haitians?" He also suggested bringing immigrants from Norway instead.

Today marks the seven-year anniversary that Haiti was struck by a 7.0 earthquake that ravaged the country and granted 100,000 Haitians humanitarian relief through TPS.

The meeting which also discussed negotiations for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that was terminated by The Trump Administration in September was shut down by Trump. President Trump took to Twitter to say he used “tough” language during a discussion on immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations but appeared to deny using the term “shithole.” 

NBC News contributor Yamiche Alcindor reported that Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, Paul Altidor, has formally summoned an American official to explain the president’s comments and said the government “vehemently” condemned them.

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No formal apology has been made by the President but his remark aligns with his other divisive comments in regards to immigration.