- The Washington Times - Friday, January 12, 2018

Haitian Ambassador Paul Altidor said Friday that the ongoing conversation about President Trump’s controversial remarks is “regrettable” and harms Haiti.

Mr. Trump has been under fire since a report surfaced of him calling certain countries, including Haiti, “s–hole” places when discussing immigration issues during a Thursday afternoon meeting.

“It’s regrettable that I’m sitting here having this conversation today when there are so many important things we’re discussing” Mr. Altidor said on MSNBC. “And unfortunately, the White House, the president of the United States and [the] senators are going back and forth over this idea of what was said about Haiti, but unfortunately Haiti becomes a victim regardless of who said what.”

Mr. Trump’s alleged comments from a closed-door meeting with lawmakers leaked late Thursday in a Washington Post report. He defended himself on Twitter Friday morning, arguing that he used “tough” language, but did not make those exact comments.

Friday marks the 8-year anniversary of a massive earthquake that devastated Haiti, killing over 100,000 people.

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