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Haitian ambassador condemns Trump's 's---hole' comments
Ambassador Paul Altidor told NBC News political contributor Yamiche Alcindor that Trump's remarks were "based on stereotypes" and the president was either "misinformed" or "miseducated."
The Haitian ambassador also said he had formally requested that a U.S. official explain the remarks to Haitian government officials, Alcindor tweeted.
"Haitians fought along U.S. soldiers in the Revolutionary War and we continue to be great contributors to American society," said Altidor, an economist who attended college and graduate school in the U.S. after his family moved there.
Trump singled out Haiti and African nations in a heated Oval Office meeting Thursday with lawmakers on immigration, referring to them as "shithole countries," according to The Washington Post.
Trump reportedly grew frustrated with lawmakers who floated restoring protections for immigrations from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as part of an immigration agreement.
"Why do we need more Haitians?" Trump said, sources familiar with the meeting recounted to the Post. "Take them out."
The White House issued a statement on Thursday evening that did not deny that Trump referred to some immigrants coming from "shithole countries."
The White House previously denied reports that Trump had said Haitian immigrants "all have AIDS."