Haiti’s Ambassador Responds To Donald Trump’s Controversial Statements

There are very few things that the Trump can do to surprise the world now. The entirety of the presidency (almost a year, now) has been quite reflective of his beliefs which are, most often, in direct opposition to general opinion. But overt statements of xenophobia are still disturbing as proven by the latest Trump “scandal.” The statement, many agree, is characteristic of him for all of its impulsivity but still difficult to stomach when examining foreign affairs. In a private White House meeting on Thursday (Jan. 11), President Donald Trump reportedly remarked that Haiti and African nations are “sh*thole countries.” The reaction was prompted by a request for protection of immigrants from Haiti, African nations, and El Salvador as part of a bipartisan immigration plan. “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?” he reportedly asked. “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” Journalist Yamiche Alcindor spoke directly with Haiti’s ambassador to the U.S., Paul Altidor. Appearing on MSNBC, Alcindor told Rachel Maddow, “Haiti is taking formal steps to let President Trump know they are upset.” Alcindor further discussed the frustrations of a perplexed Altidor who brought up the history of Haitian relations with the U.S. Volunteers from the country fought alongside the U.S. in the Revolutionary War.