US President Donald Trump has denied using vulgar words like “shithole countries” to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African countries while opposing immigrants coming into the US.
The alleged comments attributed to President Trump created strong backlash.
UN Human Rights Spokesperson Rupert Coleville said the comments from the President of the United States, if true, were “shocking and shameful” and go “against universal values”. The terms were “racist”, he said in a statement.
“Shocking and shameful”: comments from the President of the United States go “against universal values” according to @UNHumanRights spox Rupert Colville speaking in Geneva today pic.twitter.com/a5D6v4E4mg
— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) January 12, 2018
However, President Trump in a tweet clarified that “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
The Washington Post was the first to report that President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers on Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” The Washington Post quoted President Trump as saying to the lawmakers.