President of the United States, Donald Trump, has offended and alarmed American lawmakers, as well as many Africans and Haitians with his disparaging remarks about immigrants.
According to inside sources, Trump used vulgar language to describe Haiti and the entire African continent, asking why America should accept immigrants from these countries.
When Trump was informed that Haitians were among those who would benefit from a proposed bipartisan immigration deal – which he rejected – he asked whether they could be left out of the plan.
He said: “Why do we want people from Haiti here?”
Trump said that he would much rather accept immigrants from “places like Norway”.
According to the New York Times, Trump’s vulgar comments left members of Congress alarmed and mystified.
Trump’s remarks have left African governments in an awkward position, as criticising the US president comes with the risk of losing American financial aid.
“Unless it was specifically said about South Sudan, we have nothing to say,” said South Sudan government spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny.
However, many Africans and Haitians have taken to social media to express their outrage and disgust at Trump’s comments, calling his words racist.
The White House has not denied the remarks, but has instead said the following: “Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people.”