Haitian-Americans in South Florida outraged by president's alleged remark

Haitian-Americans in South Florida outraged by president's alleged remark

Haitian-Americans in South Florida outraged by president's alleged remark

The remarks drew a firestorm of criticism, including accusations that the president is a racist and speculation that this could stall talks on immigration reform.

President Donald Trump listens during a January 9 meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Instead, they spent the afternoon reacting to reports that President Donald Trump referred to their nation as a "shithole" and wanted to exclude Haitians from any special protected status. Day event in the Roosevelt Room, a reporter directly asked Trump to face up to his comments, the Hill reported.

"(The President) said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist.

On Friday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says he remembers what happened and did not deny that the president said those words.

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David Perdue, Republicans who've been close allies to the President on the issue of immigration, were also in the meeting but issued a carefully worded statement after Trump tweeted Friday morning that the description of his remarks was not accurate. The White House said it will end the designation for Haiti by July 2019.

Trump's comments came as Durbin was presenting details of the compromise plan that included providing $1.6bn financing for the first instalment of Trump's long-sought border wall.

Retired Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselasse, who won his first 10,000 Olympic gold medal in the United States city of Atlanta in 1996, told Reuters Trump's comments did not reflect the views of all Americans.

When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, the United States president said: "We don't need more Haitians". Lemon added. "I can't say that".

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"I did consider the remark to be completely inappropriate and somewhat offensive", Rosen said. "We should have more people from Norway".

Mr Trump insisted that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Activists marched from the Toussaint L'Ouverture Monument to the Little Haiti Cultural Center waving signs that said "President Trump is a racist!", "Respect Haiti", and "We will not forget". "Made up by Dems".

- There's an estimated 36,000 Haitians living in Central Florida and they're reacting to President Trump's comments about their country. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

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"I kind of see his point, but I do think it's a little bit insensitive considering the situation in Haiti right now", Elizabeth Volmer said.

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