Mayor Pugh, Other Local Leaders Condemn Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Label

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Official portrait of President Donald Trump, via the White House

Baltimore’s mayor was among a number of Maryland electeds who strongly condemned President Donald Trump’s unfiltered, xenophobic label for several countries on Thursday.

“Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” the president of the United States posed during a Thursday meeting with U.S. Senate and House members, according to The Washington Post.

He was referring to El Salvador, Haiti and African countries from which some immigrants would have been protected in a deal for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump rejected.

His remarks offended Baltimore’s mayor.

“Like all Americans who embrace decency and the values of diversity and inclusion, and who celebrate what made America great in the first place, I’m appalled by these latest comments of President Donald Trump regarding Haitians and people of African nations,” she said in a Tweeted statement. “They reinforce abhorrent racist attitudes, and evidence the lack of knowledge, understanding, and empathy we expect of the person who occupies the highest office in the land.”

“All elected leaders, regardless of party, have a responsibility to condemn these latest comments that offend, defame and divide.”

Other Maryland Dems joined her, including Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Rep. Elijah Cummings.

For what it’s worth, Trump is denying he said the word “shithole” or targeted Haiti with his comments. The White House notably did not deny the quote yesterday, but rather said in a statement, in part, “certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people.”

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan is Baltimore Fishbowl's associate editor. He previously covered Baltimore-area news as a web producer for Fox45/WBFF-TV. Before arriving in Baltimore, he worked as an assistant editor for CQ Researcher in Washington D.C., and a reporter for Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. Look for his freelance bylines in Baltimore City Paper and DCist.
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