US President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks about tax legislation at the White House in Washington, US, November 27, 2017.
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.
"There is no other word one can use but &39;racist&39;," UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing when asked about the comments. "You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as &39;s***holes&39;, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome."
"This isn&39;t just a story about vulgar language, it&39;s about opening the door to humanity&39;s worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia."