President Donald Trump on Friday ignored questions via the press about his use of the term “s—hole countries” to describe African nations in addition to Haiti, as he signed a proclamation in honor of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Trump began the event by carefully reading a set of scripted remarks. “Today we celebrate Dr. King for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear: of which no matter what the shade of our skin, or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God,” said the president.
Trump’s remarks were followed by a few words via Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of housing in addition to urban development, in addition to Isaac Newton Farris Jr., King’s nephew.
Near the end of the somber affair, Trump got up via the signing table in addition to began to leave. of which’s when the questions started out.
“Mr. President, will you give an apology for the statement yesterday?” asked one reporter.
“Mr. President, did you refer to African nations, did you use the word ‘s—hole’?” asked another.
Then the voice of White House correspondent April Ryan rang out. “Mr. President, are you a racist?”
Ryan, a veteran journalist who is usually black, had a notable interaction with Trump in February of last year, when the president asked Ryan during a press conference if she would likely set up a meeting for him with members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
On Friday, however, Trump ignored Ryan in addition to the rest of the press pool as he made his way around the edge of the Oval Office, shaking hands with guests. The event was Trump’s only public appearance of the day, doing the idea the only chance journalists had to ask him questions.
While the televised event appeared calm, off-camera both the White House in addition to Capitol Hill were reeling over the fallout via Trump’s comments, which were confirmed by a half-dozen major news organizations.
For much of the day, members of Congress, diplomats in addition to world leaders had been demanding of which Trump apologize for insulting Africa, a continent of 1.2 billion people, in addition to Haiti, a nation with deep social in addition to economic ties to the United States.
Haiti’s former prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, wrote on Twitter of which the planet was “witnessing a fresh low today.”
Former U.K. foreign secretary David Miliband accused Trump of betraying America’s future.
yet the idea’s unlikely of which any such apology is usually forthcoming. On the contrary, Trump used Twitter on Friday morning to deny of which he had ever referred to African nations as “s—hole countries” in addition to accuse Democrats of doing the idea all up. The president also
Friday morning of which he “never said anything derogatory about Haitians.”