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Haiti - FLASH : Haitian Government's reaction to President Trump's remarks
13/01/2018 07:37:29

Haiti - FLASH : Haitian Government's reaction to President Trump's remarks
Thursday, January 11, 2018, at a meeting at the White House in the Oval Office between President Trump and several Democrats and Republicans senators about immigration, President Trump reportedly according to the US press, qualified Haiti, El Salvador and several African nations of "shithole country" provoking a torrent of indignant reactions around the world, Africa demanding an apology.

Without denying the substance of his remarks, the US President said Friday on Twitter that he did not use the expression "shithole country" affirming "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust !"

Anyway, in a statement, Haiti reacted strongly "The Government of the Republic of Haiti is deeply indigned and shocked by the content of the statements, not officially denied [by the White House], attributed by US media to the President of the United States of America who would have referred to some people, including Haitians, in terms, to say the least, disrespectful and insulting.

[...] The Haitian Government condemns in the strongest terms these hateful and abject remarks, which, if true, would be in all respects unacceptable because they reflect a simplistic and racist vision totally wrong, of the community of Haitian origin and its contribution to the United States. In addition, they would be incompatible with the multiple bonds woven by the long history of friendship and conviviality uniting the two peoples of the two oldest republics in the hemisphere.

It should be remembered that the destinies of Haiti and the United States of America have crossed since 1779 when 500 Haitian soldiers led by General Lafayette fought alongside American troops in the war of independence. Similarly in 1814 several hundred Haitians took part in the battle of New Orleans to protect the independence of the United States of America when the British wanted to regain their former colony.

The relationship between the two countries has been strengthened by the fact that millions of sons and daughters of Haiti have contributed, contribute and will continue to contribute to the prosperity and greatness of America. In the same way, the spontaneous solidarity of the American people towards the Haitian people in their difficult moments consolidates, for a long time, the base of their unfailing friendship.

The Haitian Government calls for respect for the dignity of peoples, for the preservation of the humanist tradition rightly held by the United States, and for the values of solidarity, altruism and respect for the differences that have made of this country, in the course of its history, a haven of freedom and a land of welcome for millions of immigrants coming from all horizons and all corners of the globe."

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