Evangelical rift intensifies over Trump immigration remarks

14 January, 2018, 15:07 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Evangelical rift intensifies over Trump immigration remarks

On Friday, Trump tweeted an implicit denial, saying "this was not the language used".

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump tweeted early Friday, apparently referring to the remarks quoted by the Washington Post and The New York Times.

Breaking with longstanding tradition against diagnosing public figures, some psychiatrists have said it is their duty to warn against the President's erratic behaviour.

President Donald Trump's reported derogatory remarks about Haiti and slur against immigrants from "shithole" countries in Africa sent shockwaves around the world, simultaneously becoming a diplomatic issue that could damage America's global image and complicating an immigration reform effort at home.

Trump's remarks about African countries and Haiti were ripped by 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations on January 13, 2018.

The city of Flint, Michigan has had a years-long crisis of high lead levels in their tap water, which made it undrinkable and forced them to rely on bottled water. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. In a statement, the Haitian government expressed its shock and outrage.

The Republican president's comments were decried as racist by African and Haitian politicians, by the United Nations human rights office and by USA lawmakers from both major parties.

And they spurred a harsh reaction from the United Nations, with rights office spokesman Rupert Colville calling them "shocking and shameful". President, are you a racist?' asked American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan on Friday.

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "s***holes" whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, told reporters in Geneva. "The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards", he said.

"It hurts evangelism", Warren said of the president's comments.

Editor's note: Contains vulgar language.

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Haiti's ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, said on Friday the president's reported remarks were particularly unwelcome coming on the eighth anniversary of the natural disaster which killed more than 200,000 people on the Caribbean island.

The program extends legal protections to 800,000 immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children.

Trump's agreement has always been essential to any immigration deal. Sen. "Now, Congress must set the example by rising above this comment and finding bipartisan solutions to the issues before us". "These are human beings, not commodities".

It noted that Trump's comments had immediately sparked "controversy and indignation".

Trump often retweeted supportive messages from white supremacists and neo-Nazis during his election campaign, even when the users' profile pictures clearly indicated their political affiliation.

President Trump has since rejected the claims against him in a series of tweets but White House communicators have however failed to categorically deny that he made those comments.

Without directly referring to Trump's statement, it tweeted that "US remains committed to working together w/Africans to realize the promise of a more peaceful, more productive, more prosperous 21st century Africa".

Some Republicans were also unhappy.

"The AU mission condemns the statement in the strongest terms and demands a retraction of the comment as well as an apology to not only the Africans but to all people of African descent across the globe".

"The 15-nation Caribbean Community meanwhile condemned Trump's use of "repulsive" language".

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