Trump Tries to Walk Back Racist Remarks
Fifteen hours, a White House statement not denying his comments, no denial from GOP lawmakers in the room, and 11 tweets by President Trump have passed since The Washington Post first reported Trump called Haiti and African nations "shithole countries." The president of the United States now claims he did make that racist remark.
The Washington Post report was independently verified by NBC News, CNN, and the Associated Press.
Trump also tried to change the focus of American outrage to Democratic lawmakers, which is nonsensical.
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
But in those 15 hours, the nation has become enraged, and people around the world have become enraged.Â
MSNBC's Yamiche Alcindorâ€ reports the Haitian government is furious:
I just talked to Haitiâ€™s Ambassador to the United States Paul Altidor who said he and the Haitian government â€œvehemently condemnâ€ President Trumpâ€™s comments which they believe are â€œbased on stereotypes.â€ â€œEither the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated.â€â€” Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 12, 2018
Haitiâ€™s US Ambassador Paul Altidor tells me Haitiâ€™s government has formerly summoned a US official to explain Trumpâ€™s comments to Haitiâ€™s officials. â€œHaitians fought along US soldiers in the revolutionary war and we continue to be great contributors to American society,â€ he said https://t.co/adRajn3O5yâ€” Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 12, 2018
The White House had been quick to issue a statement on Trump's remarks inside the Oval Office, and at no point denied he made those remarks. CNN reported that White House staffers were actually pleased that he had, saying it would play well to his base.
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