Haiti expressed its outrage Friday at reports that President Trump referred to it as a “shithole” — and summoned the top US diplomat in the Caribbean nation for an explanation.
Paul Altidor, Haiti’s ambassador to Washington, said it was distressing that attention was drawn to the president’s reported comments on Friday, the eighth anniversary of a massive quake believed to have killed 220,000 people on the island, and should be a day of remembrance.
“I spoke with President Jovenel Moise about the issue, and, of course, the president condemns such language and he is shocked,” Altidor said, according to Reuters.
Altidor said Foreign Affairs Minister Antonio Rodrigue told him that the US chargé d’affaires in Haiti, Robin Diallo, had been summoned to explain the reported slur.
The ambassador said his country should be remembered for its contributions to history, including supporting the American Revolution by sending troops to the Battle of Savannah in Georgia in 1779.
”Haitians don’t deserve such treatment,“ Altidor said. ”Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit US resources.
“We have been here for a long time and have contributed to what the United States is today. We even made the ultimate sacrifice when we shed our blood in Savannah.”
On Thursday, Trump reportedly called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting and questioned why the US would want to welcome their immigrants.
Facing a global backlash, the president on Friday denied using the offensive language in a series of tweets.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who attended the White House meeting, confirmed to reporters that Trump used “vile, vulgar” language, including “shithole.”
With Post Wires