Haitian embassy thanks those who reached out after Trump’s comments

Haitian embassy thanks those who reached out after Trump’s comments
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The Haitian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Friday night thanked those who had reached out in the wake of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE's reported comments referring to Haiti and African nations are "shithole countries."

"We would like to take this time and thank all who reached out whether through writing or calls to share words of solidarity and support in light of the alleged comments made by President Donald Trump and in tribute to the 8th Anniversary of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti," the embassy said in a statement.

Haiti's Ambassador to the U.S. Paul Altidor also condemned the remarks, calling them "unfortunate" and "misguided" on Friday. 

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“I’m not going to go into discussing or debating whether or not the president is racist. The statements are what they are. They were unfortunate. We thought they were misguided," Altidor said. 

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that the president made the comments during an Oval Office meeting on immigration reform with a bipartisan group of lawmakers. 

The remarks have sparked global outrage and resulted in the governments of Senegal and Botswana summoning their U.S. ambassadors to explain the comments. 

The president on Friday denied that he made derogatory comments about Haitians, saying he used "tough" language in the meeting.