Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump’s “ignorant, racist views” on Friday, after media reports surfaced that Trump decried immigration from “shithole countries,” like Haiti and El Salvador.
In a tweet, Clinton denounced Trump’s remarks, which were made in a private meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, saying that Friday should be a day of remembrance for the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Instead, she said, the country has been subjected to Trump’s ire.
The anniversary of the devastating earthquake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America’s commitment to helping our neighbors. Instead, we‘re subjected to Trump’s ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn’t look like him.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 12, 2018
The tweet from Clinton, who fought bitterly with Trump in the 2016 presidential race and won the popular vote by over 3 million votes, came after reports surfaced that Trump demanded to know why the U.S. admits immigrants from “shithole countries,” like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.
During the meeting in the Oval Office, where senators gathered to talk about a possible bipartisan immigration deal, Trump began to discuss immigration from African nations and questioned why the U.S. is “having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
Trump also made derogatory comments about Haiti when the senators were discussing temporary protected status programs.
Trump denied in a pair of tweets on Friday that he made the comment, but referred to Haiti as a “very poor and troubled country.”
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti devastated the country. The U.S. granted temporary protected status (TPS) to Haitians after the earthquake. The Trump administration moved in November to end that program.