Trump spews vi­cious slur against im­mi­grants

New York Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRIS SOMMERFELDT With De­nis Slat­tery, Leonard Greene, Erin Durkin and News Wire Ser­vices

Why are we hav­ing all th­ese peo­ple from s--thole coun­tries come here? PRES­I­DENT TRUMP

AN EN­RAGED Pres­i­dent Trump ques­tioned why the United States should al­low peo­ple to “come here” from “shit­hole coun­tries” dur­ing a heated White House meet­ing about Caribbean and African im­mi­grants on Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Trump made the shock­ing re­mark dur­ing an Oval Of­fice sit­down at­tended by sev­eral mem­bers of Congress, two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter told The Wash­ing­ton Post.

“Why are we hav­ing all th­ese peo­ple from shit­hole coun­tries come here?” the Pres­i­dent re­port­edly fumed af­ter an at­tendee pro­posed to re­store pro­tec­tions for im­mi­grants from Haiti, El Sal­vador and some African na­tions rav­aged by war and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters as part of a larger im­mi­gra­tion deal.

At­ten­dees were stunned, as Trump re­port­edly fol­lowed the in­cen­di­ary com­ment by sug­gest­ing that the United States in­stead bring in more peo­ple from coun­tries like Nor­way.

“Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump also said, ac­cord­ing to the Post. “Take them out.”

GOP Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham and Demo­cratic Sen. Dick Durbin were among the at­ten­dees, sources said. The meet­ing was called af­ter a ten­ta­tive bi­par­ti­san deal on im­mi­gra­tion is­sues in­clud­ing the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pro­gram.

Trump shot down the deal, which would have pro­tected hun­dreds of thou­sands so­called “Dream­ers,” who could face de­por­ta­tion, while pro­vid­ing more money for bor­der pro­tec­tion and re­vis­ing im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies Trump has crit­i­cized.

The White House did not deny that Trump made the in­flam­ma­tory com­ment.

“Cer­tain Wash­ing­ton politi­cians choose to fight for for­eign coun­tries, but Pres­i­dent Trump will al­ways fight for the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” spokesman Raj Shah said in a state­ment is­sued min­utes af­ter news of Trump’s slur broke. “He will al­ways re­ject tem­po­rary, weak and dan­ger­ous stop­gap mea­sures that threaten the lives of hard­work­ing Amer­i­cans, and un­der­cut im­mi­grants who seek a bet­ter life in the United States through a le­gal path­way.”

Haiti’s Am­bas­sador to the United States, Paul Alti­dor, told MSNBC that Haitian of­fi­cials “ve­he­mently con­demn” the com­ments and have for­mally re­quested an ex­pla­na­tion. “Ei­ther the Pres­i­dent has been mis­in­formed or he is mise­d­u­cated,” he said.

Trump’s com­ments were blasted by both sides of the aisle.

Mia Love, a Repub­li­can con­gress­woman of Haitian de­scent, called on Trump to apol­o­gize. She said his re­marks were “un­ac­cept­able” — “un­kind, di­vi­sive, elit­ist and fly in the face of our na­tion’s val­ues.”

“My par­ents came from one of those coun­tries, took an oath of al­le­giance to it, and took on the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of ev­ery­thing that be­ing a cit­i­zen comes with . . . They worked hard, paid taxes, and rose from noth­ing to take care of and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for their chil­dren. They taught their chil­dren to do the same. That’s the Amer­i­can dream,” the Utah rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

“The Pres­i­dent must apol­o­gize to both the

Amer­i­can peo­ple and the na­tions he so wan­tonly ma­ligned.”

Demo­cratic Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi said of Trump’s slur, “Sad com­ment.”

“All the more rea­son to fo­cus on get­ting an agree­ment on DACA as soon as pos­si­ble,” she tweeted.

Rep. Kath­leen Rice (D-Long Is­land) was more suc­cinct. She tweeted out a link to The Wash­ing­ton Post story with one word — “Racist.”

Trump made the com­ment in front of six sen­a­tors who were pre­sent­ing him with an agree­ment they’d ham­mered out.

Dur­ing their con­ver­sa­tion, Illi­nois’ Durbin, the No. 2 Se­nate Demo­cratic leader, said as part of that deal, a lot­tery for visas that has ben­e­fited peo­ple from Africa and other na­tions would be ended, sources told The As­so­ci­ated Press, though there could be some other way for them to ap­ply. Durbin said peo­ple would be al­lowed to stay in the U.S. who fled here af­ter dis­as­ters hit their homes in places in­clud­ing El Sal­vador, Gu­atemala and Haiti.

Trump ques­tioned why the U.S. would want more peo­ple from Haiti. He also men­tioned Africa and asked why more peo­ple from “shit­hole coun­tries” should be al­lowed into the U.S., the sources said.

Trump’s at­tack comes just weeks af­ter it was re­ported that he ex­ploded with racist com­ments dur­ing an Oval Of­fice meet­ing last year, telling ad­vis­ers that all Haitians have AIDS and that Nige­ri­ans shouldn’t be al­lowed into the U.S. be­cause then they will never “go back to their huts.”

Trump sang a com­pletely dif­fer­ent tune when he at­tempted to court Haitian-Amer­i­can vot­ers in Mi­ami in Septem­ber 2016.

“Whether you vote for me or not I re­ally want to be your big­gest cham­pion,” Trump told a small group of Haitain-Amer­i­cans at a cam­paign rally in Mi­ami’s Lit­tle Haiti neigh­bor­hood.

Fri­day marks the eighth an­niver­sary of Haiti’s deadly earth­quake.

In ad­di­tion to rolling back DACA, Trump has or­dered an end to the Tem­po­rary Pro­tected Sta­tus des­ig­na­tion that pro­vides le­gal sta­tus to cer­tain groups of im­mi­grants from war-torn and dis­as­ter-rid­den ar­eas. The pro­gram ben­e­fits some 50,000 Haitians and nearly 200,000 im­mi­grants from El Sal­vador.

Democrats have hinted that they might force a govern­ment shut­down if Trump doesn’t sign a deal that en­sures con­tin­ued pro­tec­tion for DACA and TPS re­cip­i­ents by the Jan. 19 fund­ing dead­line.

Herold Basque, the New York-based host of a Haitian ra­dio show, sug­gested that Trump take a se­ri­ous look at his own back­yard be­fore spew­ing vit­riol about other coun­tries.

“He’s bla­tantly a racist,” Basque told the Daily News. “Some­one might say the U.S. is a s--thole coun­try.”

Peo­ple in Haiti (photo) and other na­tions heard their coun­tries trashed by Pres­i­dent Trump on Thurs­day.

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