Haitian ambassador condemns Trump’s statement on immigrants

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Donald J. Trump had the support of many Haitian Americans during the 2016 presidential campaign. At a 2016 campaign event in Miami, he said told them, “the Haitian people deserve better” and said to the group of Haitian-Americans that he wanted to “be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion.”

However, President Trump’s remarks Thursday about not wanting immigrants from Haiti have not set well with many Haitians.

On her Twitter account Thursday night, NBC News and MSNBC Contributor Yamiche Alcindor reported on feedback from Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States Paul Altidor, tweeting in a three-part message:

I just talked to Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States Paul Altidor who said he and the Haitian government “vehemently condemn” President Trump’s comments which they believe are “based on stereotypes.” “Either the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated.”

Haiti’s US Ambassador Paul Altidor tells me Haiti’s government has formerly summoned a US official to explain Trump’s comments to Haiti’s officials. “Haitians fought along US soldiers in the revolutionary war and we continue to be great contributors to American society,” he said.

Ambassador Paul Altidor also said Haiti’s embassy in DC has heard from many US citizens of Haitian ancestry who are demanding an apology. He called President Trump’s comments an “assault” on Haitian people and the country’s history.


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