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Duncan, Democratic House candidates react to Haiti comments

14 January 2018

US President Donald Trump, who underwent his first physical examination since taking office, is in excellent health, his physician said on Saturday.

After an emergency session to discuss Mr Trump's remarks, a group of 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations said it was concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the USA administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour.

In Geneva, the United Nations human rights office said the "racist" remarks would incite xenophobia.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", he wrote.

The president later tweeted on Friday adding that he never said "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

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They quickly sparked anger among Democrats and Republicans and revived questions about Trump's tendency to make racially charged remarks.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s nephew, told CNN on Friday that while he does not believe President Donald Trump is a "racist in the traditional sense", he does think the President is "racially ignorant and racially uninformed". When Trump past year ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - known as DACA - he challenged Congress to come up with a permanent fix by March 5.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Trump also suggested that momentum toward a deal on maintaining such protection had stalled. But Andrew Selee, president of the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute in Washington, said recent data suggest the current system may be headed there already: Since 2011, 48 per cent of all new legal immigrants have possessed college degrees, well above the 33 per cent of US residents with them. He added the country "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".

"Botswana government is wondering why Trump use such kind of disruptor as well as derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the United States has had cordial and mutual bilateral relations for so many years", reads part of the statement. "We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries", he said.

Meanwhile, Botswana has summoned U.S. ambassador to express displeasure at the "highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist" comments by Trump.

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They have also included more detailed examinations of the heart, lungs, vision, cholesterol and blood glucose - but the White House said ahead of the check-up that Mr Trump would not undergo a psychiatric assessment. I could tell you how I have spent an inordinate amount of time and energy, throughout my life, educating people about Haiti and disabusing them of the damaging, incorrect notions they have about the country of my parents' birth.

"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday. Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but "racist", said Rupert Colville, spokesman for United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

McWhorter noted that the American public has listened to Trump for several years and it's more than clear that Trump has a "racist bias". He also blamed "both sides" after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent.

Mia Love, a Utah congresswoman of Haitian descent, called them "unkind" and "divisive" while South Carolina's Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, said if Trump really did use those words, it would be "disappointing".

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Duncan, Democratic House candidates react to Haiti comments