UN Human Rights office: Trump's remarks are racist
US President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks during a prison reform roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington DC, USA, Jan. 11, 2018. EPA/SHAWN THEW
Geneva, Jan 12 (efe-epa).- The United Nation's human rights office on Friday said that derogatory remarks made by the United States president regarding the nations of El Salvador and Haiti were racist.
Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the UN high commissioner for human rights, condemned reports that Donald Trump had characterized the two countries as "shitholes" during a meeting Thursday with lawmakers on a bipartisan immigration deal.
"If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States," Colville said. "Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but 'racist'."
According to people present in the Oval Office meeting, Trump was frustrated that migrants from El Salvador, Haiti and certain African countries were allowed into the US.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" he asked.
Trump then proposed that the US instead welcome more people from places such as Norway and singled out Haiti.
"Why do we need more Haitians?" Trump said, adding: "Take them out."