Trump's immigration comments open door 'to humanity's worst side': UN

File: President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned why the US would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as 's***hole countries'. Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

GENEVA - The United Nations human rights office on Friday rejected as "racist" reported remarks by US President Donald Trump describing immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from "s***hole" countries.

Trump on Thursday questioned why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "s***hole countries," according to two sources familiar with the comments.

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"There is no other word one can use but 'racist'," UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing when asked about the comments. "You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 's***holes', whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome."

"This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia."

Reuters

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