Jorel Francois holds a sign that reads, 'President trump is a Bigot!' as he joins with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the quake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump's reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on January 12, 2018 in Miami.
The scandal erupted after Donald Trump wondered why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries", and suggested America should welcome more people from nations like Norway instead. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), according to CNN.
Another Republican Representative, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Cuba and whose south Florida district includes many Haitian immigrants, said: "Language like that shouldn't be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House".
Haiti's ambassador in Washington has also asked for an apology, as Trump reportedly specifically questioned the protections granted to Haitian immigrants after the natural disaster.
Among his objections, Mr Trump said the U.S. "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".More news: Trump defends vulgar immigrant comments, partly denies them
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"For the first representative of the United States of America to speak in such a manner is quite troubling and offensive", Jean said in the statement.
"Shithole was the exact word used once not twice but repeatedly", Mr Durbin was quoted to have said. Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but "racist".
Trump later tweeted that the language he used was tough, but not the language being reported.
"He said, 'Haitians? Do we need more Haitians?' And then he went on and started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure", Sen.
In the United States, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) described Trump's comments as "a low mark for this president" and "a low point for our nation". He has made numerous rude comments about women (the famous hollywood movie, which to this date shocks me as to why it was not able to derail his presidential campaign).
Haiti said it was shocked by the reported remarks and summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country, asking for an apology if the term had been used. Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings said, "I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the presidency".
Trump, who grew up in a Presbyterian family, shot back saying it was "disgraceful" for the pope to question his faith.
"Dr. King challenged us to talk about the community".