Republican Representative Mia Love has called for President Donald Trump to apologise for his remark about “s**thole countries”.
Trump, 70, held a bipartisan meeting on 11 January to discuss restoring protection for immigrants coming from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, the Washington Post reports.
In the midst of tension during the meeting, Trump is alleged to have stated: “Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here?”
Love, 42, was born to Haitian parents who moved to the US in 1973. Responding to the commander-in-chief’s offensive comments, Love wrote in a Twitter post: “The president’s comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values. This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation.”
The Utah representative continued: “My parents came from one of those countries, took an oath of allegiance to it, and took on the responsibilities of everything that being a citizen comes with. They never took a thing from our federal government. They worked hard, paid taxes, and rose from nothing to take care of and provide opportunities for their children.
Here is my statement on the President’s comments today: pic.twitter.com/EdtsFjc2zL
— Rep. Mia Love (@RepMiaLove) January 11, 2018
“They taught their children to do the same. That’s the American Dream. The president must apologise to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned.”
The White House did not deny Trump’s “s**thole countries” remark but said in a statement: “Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people.”
Immigration has been a point of contention during Trump’s first year of presidency. In 2016, the POTUS’ attempt to implement a travel ban against travellers from certain countries like Somalia, Iran, Syria and Libya, has been both repeatedly granted and blocked in a battle unfolding in the Supreme Court.
Love’s plea for Trump to apologise comes as the president cancelled his visit to the UK in February.
Explaining his decision, Trump tweeted: “Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!”
However, the president has been criticised for being factually incorrect as plans to sell the US embassy’s original London location were introduced under the George W Bush administration, not Obama’s.
Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018