Donald Trump accused of ‘100% racist’ immigration outburst

The US President singles out Haiti as a ‘shithole’ country and demands more migrants from Norway

Trump accused of vulgar, racist outburst during meeting on immigration deal
(Image credit: 2018 Getty Images)

Donald Trump suggested the US should stop accepting immigrants from “shithole countries” during a meeting at the White House yesterday.

In the latest example of his “penchant for racially tinged remarks denigrating immigrants”, says The New York Times, the US President “alarmed and mystified” Democrats and Republicans at a meeting to discuss a bipartisan immigration plan.

When he learnt that the proposals would provide legal protection to the children of undocumented migrants from Haiti and El Salvador and several countries in Africa, Trump became angry, according to the Washington Post.

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.


Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” he said, before suggesting that the US should be taking more immigrants from “countries such as Norway”. He reportedly demanded that Haiti should be removed from the list.

A White House spokesperson did not deny that Trump made the comments.

The remarks drew swift condemnation from Democratic and some Republican lawmakers, with reactions accusing the President of behaving unacceptably and of being racist.

“We always knew that President Trump doesn’t like people from certain countries or people of certain colours,” Democratic congressman Luis Gutiérrez said. “We can now we say with 100% confidence that the president is a racist.”

Trump said he had been “tough” on immigration in the meeting, but denied using the exact language attributed to him.

Nonetheless, residents of the countries allegedly dismissed as “shitholes” by the commander-in-chief took to Twitter to set the record straight:

See more
See more

While others, including South African newsreader Leanna Manas, took a more tongue-in-cheek approach:

See more
See more
See more

Meanwhile, ex-deputy director of the CIA's counterterrorism unit Philip Mudd was applauded on social media for an impassioned plea for Americans to remember their own humble immigrant origins.

In a CNN clip widely shared on social media, Mudd describes himself as a “proud shitholer”, reminding viewers of the prejudice that faced earlier waves of immigrants, including his own Italian ancestors.

See more

It is not the first time Trump has allegedly spoken in such a manner about Haiti and Africa.

During a White House meeting about immigration in June, he reportedly said residents of Haiti “all have Aids”, and that Nigerian people would never “go back to their huts” once they had seen the US.

Continue reading for free

We hope you're enjoying The Week's refreshingly open-minded journalism.

Subscribed to The Week? Register your account with the same email as your subscription.