Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE of holding “ignorant, racist views” on Friday, after media reports surfaced that the president decried immigration from “shithole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.
In a tweet, Clinton denounced Trump’s remarks, which were made in a private meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, saying that Friday should be a day of remembrance for the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Instead, she said, the country has been subjected to Trump’s ire.
The anniversary of the devastating earthquake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America’s commitment to helping our neighbors. Instead, we‘re subjected to Trump’s ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn’t look like him.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 12, 2018
The tweet from Clinton, who fought bitterly with Trump in the 2016 presidential race, came a day after reports surfaced that Trump demanded to know why the U.S. admits so many immigrants from “shithole countries,” like Haiti, El Salvador and several in Africa.
The remarks, which where confirmed by Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota’s largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (D-Ill.), came in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform. Trump allegedly questioned why the U.S. doesn’t admit more immigrants from countries like Norway, whose prime minister visited the White House this week.
Trump denied in a pair of tweets on Friday that he made the comment, but referred to Haiti as a “very poor and troubled country.”
The U.S. granted temporary protected status (TPS) to Haitians after the earthquake. The Trump administration moved in November to end that program for residents of the island nation.