As the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, you hoped and prayed that this year would be different. With the chaos of 2017 still leaving a bitter taste on the tongue, it was a time to reflect on the turbulent times and hope for better.
However, almost immediately, concerns were raised when President Donald Trump proceeded to provoke the unstable North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un via Twitter. Tauntingly, in the manner of a child in the playground, he typed that he had a “much bigger & much more powerful” nuclear button than North Korea, one that he hinted he was not afraid to use.
Proceeding on from that, the 71-year-old leader began to host an online awards ceremony for the “most dishonest and corrupt” people in the media, while continuing to lament about “fake news”. By January 4, Trump returned to his border wall project. “We must BUILD THE WALL, stop illegal immigration, end chain migration & cancel the visa lottery,” he wrote on Twitter.
Then came Michael Wolff’s explosive book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which was publicly condemned by the commander-in-chief. “Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist,” he said of the “phony book” which has already sold over one million copies. “Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book,” he wrote.
But the best (or worst depending on how you look at it) was yet to come.
January 6 saw Trump call himself “a very stable genius” via Twitter as he denounced “crooked Hillary” and the “Fake News Mainstream Media” after he claims his alleged collusion with Russia was proven to be a “total hoax” conjured up by those who are out to get him. “Throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” he tweeted to mass mockery from the public, his critics, and even some supporters.
But this stability that Trump claims to possess in abundance has been called into question after it is claimed he called Haiti and African nations “sh*thole countries” in a meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, according to The Washington Post.
It is alleged that the lawmakers traveled to the Oval Office to discuss protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal. According to several people in the meeting, Trump responded by asking: “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?”
According to those present, as reported by The Washington Post, Trump continued to ask why America couldn’t source more immigrants from countries such as Norway. He also expressed a desire to host more immigrants from Asian countries, because he felt they benefitted America economically.
It is stated that Trump requested that Haitians be removed from any deal. “Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting. “Take them out.”
A White House spokesperson defended Trump’s position on immigration without directly referencing to controversial remarks. Tellingly, they did not dispute the account.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” spokesperson Raj Shah declared shortly after The Washington Post released the scandalous story.
Donald Trump has also failed to confirm that the story is false.
In tweets released earlier today, he referred to the meeting as “tough” but did not categorically deny having called any countries “shitholes” or using any other derogatory language. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” he tweeted.
Understandably Trump’s comments have caused mass unrest around the world, especially with people from the aforementioned countries. However, the most alarming response came from the UN human rights spokesman, Rupert Colville, who branded the 45th President of the United States “racist” for his remarks.
“There is no other word one can use but ‘racist’,” he said during a news briefing in Geneva. “You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘s***holes’, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”
Meanwhile, the African Union said that they were “frankly alarmed” by Trump’s comments. “Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice,” AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.
In addition, CNN’s Don Lemon has also let rip on President Donald Trump, opened Thursday’s CNN Tonight with the statement, “The President of the United States is racist.”
“Those comments are frankly disgusting,” Lemon continued. “They’re not shocking, not even really surprising, because this is who Donald Trump is — this is what he thinks.”
Even the nation of Botswana released a statement, condemning Trump’s choice of language. On the Botswanan Government’s official Twitter page, they said:
“The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump, must use this descriptor and derogatory word, when talking about countries with whom the US has had cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations for so many years.”
This latest story regarding Trump comes on the same day that he declared he would be canceling his trip to London. “I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!” he typed on Twitter.
Rather embarrassingly, the decision to move the US embassy in London was made in 2008 by the George W. Bush administration – not Obama. So it is all really just an excuse so that he doesn’t have to come to the UK, where it is alleged her worries he “won’t be welcome”?
Only time will tell…