Weekend Reads World reacts to Trump's 's**thole countries' remarks

16:27  12 january  2018
16:27  12 january  2018 Source:   CNN

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US President Donald Trump's complaints about immigrants coming to the US from "s**thole countries" prompted condemnation from around the world.

In the US, Democrat and Republican lawmakers criticized Trump's comments as "divisive" and "unacceptable," while Haiti, one of the countries explicitly named by Trump, summoned the top US diplomat to discuss the President's remarks.

Trump's remarks come as Haiti prepares to commemorate eight years since a 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced many more.

As a result of the disaster, citizens of Haiti were accorded Temporary Protected Status, granted to individuals from countries where conditions such as war, natural disasters or political strife prevent citizens from returning safely.

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At home, lawmakers from both parties criticized Trump ’ s comments as “divisive” and “unacceptable,” while Haiti, one of the countries explicitly named by Former Haitian President Laurent Lamothe said the “ world is witnessing a new low today” and called Trump ’ s remarks “totally unacceptable!”

Late night hosts pulled no punches to blast President Donald Trump for reportedly referring to African nations and Haiti as " s -- thole countries ." During Meyer' s "Closer Look" segment, he speculates that maybe Trump meant the remark as a compliment.

Former Haitian President Laurent Lamothe said the "world is witnessing a new low today" and called Trump's remarks "totally unacceptable!"

"It shows a lack of respect and ignorance never seen before in the recent history of the US by any President," Lamothe tweeted.

As the US ambassador position in Haiti is vacant, the charge d'affaires at the embassy, Robin Diallo will meet with President Jovenel Moïse Friday, a senior State Department official told CNN.

Nepal, which became a Temporary Protected Status nation after an earthquake in 2015, said authorities were discussing their response to the matter.

The country's Foreign Minister Bharat Raj Paudyal told CNN "we are aware of President Trump's comments, and our ministry is discussing the matter."

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"Good morning from the greatest most beautiful ' s -- thole country ' in the world !!!" "As someone from South S -- thole , Trevor is deeply offended by the president' s remarks ," The Daily Show tweeted of its South African-born Salvadoran Community Reacts to Trump Ending Temporary Protected Status.

Late night hosts pulled no punches to blast President Donald Trump for reportedly referring to African nations and Haiti as " s -- thole countries ." During Meyer' s "Closer Look" segment, he speculates that maybe Trump meant the remark as a compliment.

On Twitter, former Mexican President and longtime Trump critic Vicente Fox said the US leader's mouth "is the foulest s**thole in the world."

"With what authority do you proclaim who's welcome in America and who's not. America's greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?" he said.

David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee and former UK Foreign Secretary, said the "Trump Administration (is) leading a race to the bottom on refugees and immigrants that is a betrayal of America's future as well as of its history."

Trump insulted the entire continent of Africa in his comments as well, leading to fierce reaction on Twitter.

Kenyan activist and politician Boniface Mwangi said "how America elected a narcissist, racist, white supremacist to be their president defies logic."

"Africa sends love and light to America," he added.

South African journalist Leanne Manas tweeted "good morning from the greatest most beautiful 's**thole country' in the world!"

CNN's Elise Labott, Sugam Pokharel and David McKenzie contributed reporting.

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