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Trump comments spark international outcry

by Evan Wilt
Posted 1/12/18, 12:31 pm

WASHINGTON—Disparaging comments about Haiti and Africa attributed to President Donald Trump have sparked an international outcry, and at least one Republican lawmaker has called on the president to apologize. The Washington Post reports that while discussing protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as part of an immigration agreement, Trump asked a bipartisan group of lawmakers gathered Thursday in the Oval Office, “Why do we need more Haitians?” He later reportedly asked, “Why are we having all these people from [obscenity] countries come here?” The president then, according to the Post report, suggested that the United States should encourage immigration from countries like Norway and from Asian nations, whose immigrants, he felt, would boost the U.S. economy. After receiving widespread backlash over the reported comments, Trump defended himself in a tweet Friday morning, saying, “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.” Shortly after the president’s tweet, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who attended Thursday’s meeting, told reporters the president was lying: “You’ve seen the comments in the press; I’ve not read one of them that’s inaccurate. He said these hate-filled things. And he said them repeatedly.” Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, who in 2014 became the first Haitian-American woman elected to Congress, released a statement asking Trump to apologize. She said the president’s comments were “unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values.” Haitian Ambassador to the United States Paul Altidor also condemned Trump’s reported comments and formally summoned a U.S. official to explain them.

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  • Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Fri, 01/12/2018 02:15 pm

    All who were present in the room need to say what they heard Pres. Tump say.  "No comment" is not an option.  If the President did not say those words, then the Washington Post has participated in slander.  If they have reported a slander, then they should report so and reveal who slandered the President.  If the President said those words, then he has revealed a darkness of soul that all Christ-followers should fear to excuse.  I personally do not know what is true here, but I believe that this statement is well within Pres. Trump's character.

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Fri, 01/12/2018 06:59 pm


  • AlanE
    Posted: Fri, 01/12/2018 03:30 pm

    I wish I could wake up tomorrow and discover that all evangelicals had disavowed President Trump's rhetoric, and disavowed President Trump until such time as there is evidence of a clear change of heart on such matter. Forget for a moment that there have been certain gains (and certain losses) in the Trump presidency. If our witness to the world is tarnished in the process, we have nothing worth having.

    For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. --Jesus

    Posted: Fri, 01/12/2018 04:43 pm

    Okay Alan, but why start now and why stop at President Trump's rhetoric.  The rhetoric of past presidents has not been above our disavowing.  What about vice-presidents, senators, congressman, governors....what about pastors who have spoken rhetoric that is evidence of a heart that is stone?  I recognize and acknowledge that much of what our president says is offensive and even sinful.  This should not surprise isn't even that new or unique.  There are those that are conveying these accounts to us that would have us react in shock and horror and disgust.  Some of those same voices support the slaughter of unborn children without restriction.  Frankly I am not sure I trust the politicians that were in the room or the reporters that are reporting the meeting any more than I trust the president to speak the truth.  Amongst other things, let's continue to pray,  to trust our Lord, and to walk in obedience to Him. 

  • AlanE
    Posted: Fri, 01/12/2018 08:42 pm

    Kris, we start now because of the urgency of the situation. Evangelicalism, and Christianity in general, is more associated with Trump's presidency than any other presidency in my lifetime (dating back to Eisenhower). Reagan's presidency runs a close second. Trump's words have repeatedly been demeaning of large classes of people made in God's image as no other president's words have. To the extent our politics are hitched to Donald Trump's wagon, we shackle our mission to Haitians, Mexicans, Africans, Muslims, and more with each brazenly calloused overflowing of Donald Trump's heart. The world looks on and wonders how we can possibly stand by and pretend that vicious words don't matter as long as we get the supreme court justice and the tax policy we want.

    Lest I be misunderstood, I'm not suggesting we don't have immigration policies. But, with each new outpouring from Donald Trump, a sound and defensible immigration policy becomes more difficult to attain. 

    I think I am in agreement with the rest of your comment.

    Posted: Fri, 01/12/2018 09:38 pm

    The sooner we accept the fact that Trump is a Cyrus the better off we'll be. His terse words about Haiti do not diminish the sad stark fact of their failed statecraft of over 200 years. Our Cyrus values everything Haiti does not exemplify. And generations of foolish "aid" have compounded Haiti's woes far more than Trump's unsympathetic accuracies. His words must remind us that blunt candor is the way of, well, a Cyrus. We say we've entered a post-Christian age and this is part of that package. We can be thankful for a Cyrus benevolent to our values but don't expect lots of grace to go with some truth.

  • Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sat, 01/13/2018 10:23 pm

    Trump is not Cyrus, because our homeland is not of Earth.  Cyrus presided over a diaspora whose homeland did not exist at the time.  God used Cyrus to cause the reconstution of Israel.  Heaven needs no reconstitution.

    Cyrus did not favor the Jews.  His policy was to return peoples to their respective lands in order to reconstitute their nations, according to the Cyrus Cylinder.  The Jews were just one of these peoples.  He apparently neither forced them to go home nor kept them out.  They just wanted to go home.  He was quite benevolent to all peoples who he conquered, as far as it is within the nature of one who thinks that he is the "king of the universe."  (The Greeks proved that he was most decidedly not such a king.)

    So we have two points at which Pres. Trump does not compare to Cyrus:  first, he is not helping us to return to our kingdom, to which we do not need help to return, anyway; and second, he is not as broadly benevolent as Cyrus.

  • RWA's picture
    Posted: Sat, 01/13/2018 11:11 am

    So this is now a news event, worthy of publishing??  Significance? Accuracy? Benefit??  Surely we can do better than this.

  • joelazcr
    Posted: Sat, 01/13/2018 12:16 pm

    Look at the response to a word Trump may not have even spoke.
    People are anxious and fearful, thinking the worst.
    Persistently repeating words or actions, he said, she said.
    This is what defines obsessive behavior.
    Think about it, no, stop thinking about it, pray about it. 
    1 Tim 2:1-4

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 01/13/2018 02:46 pm

    I think the Church has become way too PC and are playing into the hands of the left. The Democrats see immigration as a tool to win elections so they are pushing for DACA, chain immigration, uncontrolled borders, and amnesty for illegal aliens. All they have to do is bring in enough votes to turn a few key states and they will effectively dominate the political scene for many years. As Christians, we don’t want abortion, laws that effectively shut down the church (such as hate crime legislation), and laws that prevent us from owning businesses (e.g. fines for bakers that don’t want to participate in a gay wedding). All of this will take place and much worse as we see the Christian view eliminated and made illegal since it is viewed as racist, bigoted, and homophobic. We are commanded to pray for leaders who will promote the peace and prosperity of the Church so we can effectively bring forward the gospel message to our neighbors, friends and people throughout the world by our support of missionaries. Should we see the agenda of the left forced on us, we will see the Church significantly hurt and our ability to bring forward the gospel message significantly hampered. As a Christian these issues are important and the reason why I stand with the President on immigration reform! If you look at the picture, you see the sign that says, “Reject, Resist and Impeach!”  These people are the radical left that seek to remove Trump who is fighting for the Christian cause even if many Christians are too ignorant to understand it! If you look at the groups funding this, it is Obama with his organization and many other leftist groups.

  • Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Wed, 01/17/2018 11:16 pm

    Cyborg 3, we are commanded to pray "for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way." (1Tim 2:1-2 ESV2011)  We are not selectively to pray "for leaders who will promote the peace and prosperity of the Church so we can effectively bring forward the gospel message to our neighbors, friends and people throughout the world by our support of missionaries."  If we were to have a Pres. Clinton, God would expect us to pray for her just as earnestly as we pray for Pres. Trump.

    "But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare."  (Jer 29:7 ESV2011)  In this you are right:  we should be concerned about the welfare of our Earthly community.  We should actively engage in it in order to promote a moral society.  We should pray for its welfare.

    Calling those who do not share your perspective "ignorant" (and "foolish" elsewhere) does not promote that welfare.  I could just as easily call you "ignorant" and "foolish" for coming to Pres. Trump's defense every time he steps into a cesspool.  I do not, because I want to hear what you have to say.  But you make it very hard to listen to you, because you continually bash and belittle those who do not share your perspective.

    I am just as concerned as you are about our moral welfare, which is why I am continually disturbed by the wagon-circling by Christ-followers that I see whenever Pres. Trump behaves like a fool.  This traces all the way back to the evangelicals who voted disproportionately to nominate him in the primaries.  We have not learned our lesson, and we will pay a heavy price.  I am grieved that we are continuing to excuse poor behavior simply because the person who behaves foolishly favors our political desires.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Tue, 01/16/2018 03:04 am

    You misread what I said for we need to pray with the objective to obtain leaders who will benefit the Christian cause. Whatever leader God gives us we should pray for them.  

    “Calling those who do not share your perspective ‘ignorant’ (and ‘foolish’ elsewhere) does not promote that welfare.”

    When certain Christians support the enemy who would destroy them, then it is time to call those individuals out for the distorted and false beliefs that lead them to support the enemies of Christ.  This does support the welfare of the Church!

    I don’t think Trump is a fool for being upset that Congress brought forward a terrible immigration plan to solve the DACA problem.  In fact, Trump understands much better than many Christians the role of the state and the role of the church. The primary role of the state is to provide justice for the citizens: punishment for the evil doer and protection for the just.  Also, Trump understands the devious way Democrats work where they are using immigration as a political tool to win elections!  We cannot be naive about what is going in the political sphere where, for example, Obama subverted our justice department and used it to attack Trump! This is much worse than watergate and is the greatest corruption seen in our countries history. Sad to say, but World Magazine has hardly covered this news

  • Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Wed, 01/17/2018 11:54 pm

    Cyborg3, when you call people names or imply that they are supporting evil activity simply because they do not share your perspective about matters you are not serving the Church.  You know that you have done this to me, and I have seen you do it to others.  I do not appreciate it.  I have spent the past two years listening to people tell me that I should not listen to my conscience, but rather blindly support someone who I believe to be a man who constantly creates his own cesspools, and then complains when some of it splashes in his own face.  That is deeply, morally troubling to me.  Worse, his defenders have been merciless.  I have been called everything from foolish to an accessory to infanticide--by my own brethren, for listening to my conscience!  I am, frankly, tired of it.  If you want me to be civil with you, then you be civil with me, and others with whom you disagree.

    The sad part is, you think that you are doing a good thing by doing this, and there is nothing that I can do to persuade you otherwise.  I can only pray that God will show you.

    If WORLD magazine wants to warn me for getting too personal with this post, then so be it.  I have written what I have written.  May God speak to those who read it.

  • Greg Mangrum's picture
    Greg Mangrum
    Posted: Sat, 01/13/2018 08:02 pm

    Why no outrage over words actually spoken; e.g., Jeremiah Wright's (Barack Obama's former pastor) "God da*n America!" comment?! I remember no  media righteous indignation over this and other "hateful" comments made by those allied with the Left.

  • Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sat, 01/13/2018 09:42 pm

    Greg M., Jeremiah Wright et al are irrelevant, now.  Pres. Trump's statements are of immediate concern.  We do not help matters by changing the subject.

    Pres. Trump can contain this fire by specifically and clearly stating what he believes in this matter.  Hiding behind a twitter-storm will not cut it.