Breaking News: Haitian government summons US Charge d'Affaires to clarify Donald Trump's comment

Posted by Lenouvelliste on Friday, January 12, 2018 Under: Haiti Breaking News
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"On behalf of the government, I formally condemn the words of the American president,"
Paul Altidor, Haiti's ambassador to Washington, said on Thursday, January 11, a few hours after the Washington Post reported on the report. non-denial of Donald Trump calling Haiti a "shit hole", a country whose arrival in the United States should be limited. Ambassador Paul Altidor told the paper that "the Chancery has summoned the US Charge d'Affaires to clarify what has been said."

"I am inundated with emails from American citizens who express their regret and apologize for the president's words that are not unanimous," said the Haitian diplomat, noting that the "majority" of Americans do not share the perception of President Donald Trump, " misinformed about what Haitian-American relations are over time. "He caricatures Haitians as if we are boat-people who come to exploit resources in the United States. Which is not the case. Haitian soldiers fought in Savannah for the independence of the United States, "said Ambassador Paul Altidor, saying that" the historical reminder is important because at times, this administration misunderstands the longevity and complexity of relations between the two peoples ". "The bad words, enter a context," said Paul Altidor who will tour the major US media on January 12 to express the government's position on the day of the commemoration of eight years of the earthquake that struck Haiti and left destruction and a Himalayan of corpses in its wake.


President Trump made a sensational exit on Thursday, January 11, 2018 when Democratic and Republican senators, whom he was receiving in the Oval Office, proposed to reinstate protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration agreement, reports the Washington Post, citing two people attending the meeting.

"Why do we want all these people from shitty countries to come here? Trump said, referring to African countries and Haiti, using the vulgar phrase "shithole countries". The US president then suggested that the United States needed more immigrants from countries like Norway, following the visit of Prime Minister Erna Solberg to the White House.

'' They all have AIDS ''

Before Christmas, Haiti was at the heart of a controversy between the White House and the New York Times. In an article published on December 23, 2017, the newspaper reported disturbing remarks by the US President regarding the fifteen thousand Haitians who arrived in the United States on a US visa in 2017. "They all have the Aids, "Donald Trump reportedly mumbled, citing people who attended a meeting with the US president on his immigration policy. Allegations that have been denied by the White House.

"These words bring out a new page in our history as a people and as a nation," said Haiti's ambassador to Washington Paul Altidor on radio Magik 9, recalling the battle our compatriots had to fight to force US health authorities to reverse their statements linking Haitians to the onset of AIDS in the early 80s. These stigmas no longer have a place in American society, argues Paul Altidor, who published a platform in New York Times to call for respect for Haiti. The Haitian diplomat thinks there is a "problem of substance" that must be resolved. "Whether the US president made these statements or not, that's not the problem," he said. "We believe that the narrative of Haiti is negative, whether with critics of Haiti or with those who love it. In the American consciousness, Haiti is a country of misery, instability, garbage for which it takes charity and pity, "said the representative of Haiti in Washington.

It's time to stop talking about Haiti only in negative terms, argues the diplomat who believes that as long as this way of representing Haitians persists, efforts to put the country on the path of development will not be appreciated as such.

Paul Altidor at the same time urged Haitians to make an effort to avoid fueling this negative image of the country. "Very often, it is we who are on the side of this," he said while denouncing this attitude that we have to "caricature" and "amplify" our misfortunes, just for the purpose of attracting sympathy from abroad.

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