KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—A Filipino migrant group demanded apology from United States President Donald Trump who described Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries,” saying it is with great sadness they are adding their voices to the moral outrage over the controversial leader’s reported statement.
“As immigrants, including President Trump’s great grandparents who came to this country to secure a better life, we share the common thread of humanity,” the Washington DC-based Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC) said in a statement Saturday.
“[S]uch mindset is un-presidential and unbecoming of the leader of the Free World,” the group added.
MHC said Trump’s statement is against long-standing American values, basic human decency and the Christian tenet which holds that man was created in God’s image.
Trump reportedly said in a briefing with senators on a newly drafted US immigration bill Friday, “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They’re shithole countries … We should have more people from Norway.”
But Trump denied Friday uttering the remark, adding he also did not demand that Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries.
“The language used by me at the…meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” Trump tweeted.
According to a Reuters report, however, Trump’s widely-reported remark was confirmed by at least two well-placed sources.
MHC urged President Trump to apologize to the American people as well as the peoples from countries he has reportedly hurt with his remarks.
“America is, and will always be, a nation of immigrants. America was built on the backs of Immigrants,” MHC said.
“As immigrants – indeed as proud Americans – we love this country for its cherished ideals, and we believe in its immense and enduring capacity for greatness,” MHC said. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)