GOP rep: ‘Sheet metal and garbage’ everywhere in Haiti
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Tuesday defended President Trump’s reported “shithole” remark referring to some African countries, El Salvador and Haiti, saying “sheet metal and garbage” is “everywhere” in Haiti.
“I would not pick those terms but I would say that the conditions in Haiti are deplorable, they are disgusting,” Gaetz said on MSNBC, after host Chris Hayes criticized the “over-generalization” of Trump’s alleged remark.
“Everywhere you look in Haiti it’s sheet metal and garbage when I was there,” Gaetz added.
Gaetz also said that the “conditions in some countries are really bad,” but said that it was “very dangerous” to overgeneralize contributions by people based on their national origin alone, leading Hayes to point out that Trump’s purported “shithole” remark was also an overgeneralization.
The Florida congressman noted that Trump’s remarks were made during a private Oval Office meeting and not in front of a camera. Reports of Trump’s comments came from sources familiar with the meeting last Thursday.
Trump has denied making the remarks, which were first reported by The Washington Post.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said during a White House meeting, according to the Post.