BOSTON (CBS) – Mayor Marty Walsh declared Friday a “Day of Solidarity With Haiti” as President Donald Trump denied reports that he called the country a “s—hole.”
The Washington Post first reported on Trump’s remarks, made during an immigration meeting with senators.READ MORE: Elijah Lewis Search: Large Police Presence In Abington Related To Missing 5-Year-Old Boy
“Why do we want all these people from ‘s—hole countries’ coming here?,” Trump reportedly said about Haiti and African countries.
On Twitter, Trump said he never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than “Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.”READ MORE: MAP: Town-By-Town COVID Vaccination Rates For School-Aged Children
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said he was in the meeting and Trump “said those hateful things, and he said them repeatedly.”
Walsh’s proclamation comes on Friday, which marks the anniversary of a 2010 earthquake that killed 230,000 people.MORE NEWS: USS Constitution Fires 21-Gun Salute With Newly-Trailed Navy Sailors Aboard
“What makes our city, state and country strong is diversity. We need to respect and welcome all — no exceptions,” Walsh tweeted.