President Trump is facing bipartisan criticism for wondering why the United States is letting in “all these people from sh*thole countries,” and now, Haiti is demanding an explanation.
Haiti’s ambassador to the U.S., for example, wants a Trump administration official to comment on the president's remarks, which he believes are an “assault” on the Haitian people.
Ambassador Paul Altidor told journalist Yamiche Alcindor that “he and the Haitian government ‘vehemently condemn’ President Trump’s comments which they believe are ‘based on stereotypes,’” he told her. “Either the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated,” he added.
Ambassador Paul Altidor also said Haiti’s embassy in DC has heard from many US citizens of Haitian ancestry who are demanding an apology. He called President Trump’s comments an “assault” on Haitian people and the country’s history. https://t.co/K7c4j0GhBr— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 12, 2018
Altidor also recalled the nation’s longstanding relationship with the U.S., going as far back as Haiti’s soldiers fighting alongside Americans during the Revolutionary War.
Haiti’s US Ambassador Paul Altidor tells me Haiti’s government has formerly summoned a US official to explain Trump’s comments to Haiti’s officials. “Haitians fought along US soldiers in the revolutionary war and we continue to be great contributors to American society,” he said https://t.co/adRajn3O5y— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 12, 2018
Trump’s comments were directed at Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, and some African countries during the bipartisan discussions on immigration.