Donald Trump at the White House January 12, 2018
„Racists“, „abject“ and „wounded“, the words of Donald Trump on immigration from „shitty country“ caused a torrent of indignation around the world that did not dry up on the night of Friday in Saturday, the whole of Africa demanding an apology.
With the same voice, in a language of rare hardness, the 54 ambassadors of the African group to the UN demanded a „retraction“ to the American president, condemning „scandalous, racist and xenophobic remarks“. They expressed concern about Trump’s „growing“ trend of „denigrating the continent, and people of color“.
Senegal and Botswana each convened the US ambassador.
The Haitian government has denounced to him „odious and abject“ statements which, if proven, would in all respects be „unacceptable because they reflect a simplistic and racist view“.
– ‚Not the words used‘ –
As is often the case, it was via Twitter that the US President reacted to this new controversy that he himself provoked and which puts him in difficulty when he tries to find a compromise in the Congress on the sensitive issue of the immigration.
„The language I used at the meeting was tough but it’s not the words used,“ said the billionaire in a convoluted formula.
A few minutes later, the Democratic senator Dick Durbin, present at the meeting, said that the president had used „abusive expression“ several times.
„The words used by the president as reported to me directly by those who participated in the meeting were not“ hard „, they were abject and disgusting,“ echoed Republican Senator Jeff Flake conservative opposite to Donald Trump.
Solicited Thursday night on these remarks, the White House had not challenged or denied, merely stressing that Mr. Trump would fight „always for the American people“.
– Praise for Martin Luther King –
In a strange telescoping, the US president signed Friday in the middle of the day a statement in honor of Martin Luther King, which will be celebrated across the United States Monday, holiday.
During a brief ceremony, he praised „the dream of equality, freedom, justice and peace“ of the black civil rights activist. Greeting a man who „changed the course of history“, he ignored the questions that were put to him after his speech.
Almost simultaneously, a few miles away, US Foreign Secretary Rex Tillerson praised „diversity“ and defended „American values“ in a „respect“ speech.
At the heart of the debates of the now famous meeting at the White House on Thursday: the regularization of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who arrived young in the United States, and whose temporary status granted under Barack Obama was abolished in September.
When Mr. Trump repealed the Daca program, which allowed 690,000 undocumented youth to work and study legally, he had given Congress until March to find a lasting solution for these illegal immigrants known as of „Dreamers“.
But he linked any regularization to his wall project on the border with Mexico, to which the Democrats have so far strongly opposed.
– ‚Aggression‘ –
In addition to fulfilling this campaign promise, Trump also calls for the abolition of the annual green card lottery and legal immigration reform to reduce family reunification.
„Why are all these shitty people coming here?“ Asked President Trump during talks Thursday, according to the Washington Post, which quotes several anonymous sources.
According to them, Trump was referring to African countries as well as to Haiti and El Salvador, saying that the United States should instead host nationals of Norway.
„Why do we need more Haitians?“, The president would have asked again.
On Friday, he tried to give a different version of what he said.
„I have never said anything insulting about Haitians besides the fact that, and it is obvious, Haiti was a very poor and troubled country,“ he said.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees deplored „racist“, „shocking and shameful“ statements.
Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden also gave his voice. „That’s not the way a president should talk and behave, but most of all, that’s not how a president should think.“
In Latin America, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has called for solidarity with countries „attacked“ by Donald Trump. Cuba for its part „strongly condemned“ statements „racist, denigrating and coarse“.