Trump's comments spark global backlash
January 13, 2018 | 3:51 PM
by Times TV

The United Nations human rights office on Friday rejected as "racist" and inciting xenophobia the reported remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump describing immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from "shithole" countries. Jonah Green reports.

Harsh words from the president sparking outrage around the globe .... At issue, reports that during a meeting at the White House Thursday on immigration Donald Trump asked, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They're s***hole countries ... We should have more people from Norway." .

A source says he then went on to question the need for Haitians in the U.S. This after lawmakers were apparently describing Temporary Protected Status programs that give safe haven to people from countries hit by civil conflict or natural disasters.

The United Nations human rights office on Friday slammed Trump's comments as 'racist'.

U.N. HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS SPOKESMAN, RUPERT COLVILLE, SAYING: "These are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States. I'm sorry but there's no other word one can use but 'racist'. You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 's***holes', whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome." Residents in Nairobi were insulted.

NAIROBI RESIDENT, JOY ACHIENG, SAYING: "I am honestly so shocked, 's*** countries'? Has he ever been to this country to call it a 's*** country' seriously? Has he seen the achievements that Africans have done in his country?"

Lawmakers, mostly Democrats, slammed the president after his remarks.

But Republican Congresswoman Mia Love, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, said the comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values."

After the White House did not deny the account, on Friday the president issued a sort of denial / non-denial, tweeting, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used."

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