Haiti ambassador: US official summoned to explain 'shithole' remark

Source: Washington Examiner | January 11, 2018 | Diana Stancy Correll

Paul Altidor, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, said he and the Haitian government “vehemently condemn” the remark President Trump reportedly made, calling Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations “shithole countries.”

“Haitians fought along U.S. soldiers in the Revolutionary War and we continue to be great contributors to American society,” Altidor said, according to Yamiche Alcindor, a PBS NewsHour White House correspondent.

Altidor said he and the Haitian government consider the comments to be “based on stereotypes” and called them an “assault” on Haitian citizens and the country’s history.

“Either the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated,” he said.

According to Alcindor, he said that Haiti’s government has formally requested for a U.S. official to explain the remarks to Haitian officials and noted that Haiti’s embassy in Washington, D.C., has received requests from those of Haitian ancestry seeking an apology.

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