.@jaketapper responds to Fox News host's defense of President Trump’s vulgar remarks: "There is a word for people who go to bars and denigrate black people but the word is not 'forgotten'" https://t.co/SuzL2MlG6M
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 12, 2018
New: Trump privately defends “shithole” comment, believes he said what many people think https://t.co/IniLB5TVC7
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) January 13, 2018
American diplomats scrambled Friday to salvage their nation’s bonds with Africa, Haiti and even the celebrated “special relationship” with Britain after President Donald Trump, in the span of a few hours, deeply offended much of the world with the most undiplomatic of remarks.
Trump’s description of African nations as a “shithole” and other inflammatory comments became the latest and perhaps most direct test of whether America’s global partnership can withstand its president’s loose lips. In Washington and far-flung foreign capitals, U.S. officials launched into urgent cleanup mode…
The White House, too, was reeling from the fallout. Staffers fanned out to do television appearances in support of Trump and reached out to Republicans on Capitol Hill to coordinate damage control.
Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein, in charge of U.S. public diplomacy, said Trump has the right to “make whatever remark he chooses,” calling it the benefit of being president. He said Trump’s comments notwithstanding, it was diplomats’ obligation to send the message to other countries that the United States cares “greatly about the people that are there.”…
Trump ignored shouted questions about his Africa comment and about whether he’s a racist during an event Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. But he wasn’t silent the night before.
As his comments, disclosed by participants in the meeting, ricocheted around the world, Trump made calls to friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to the tempest, said a person who spoke to Trump but wasn’t authorized to discuss a private conversation.
He wasn’t apologetic, the person said. Instead, Trump blamed the media for distorting his meaning, arguing his description of “shithole” was not racist but rather a straightforward assessment of some nations’ depressed conditions. Trump also said he believed he was expressing what many people think, according to the person…
It’s not how a president should speak. It’s not how a president should behave. Most of all, it’s not what a president should believe. We’re better than this.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 12, 2018
The anniversary of the devastating earthquake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America’s commitment to helping our neighbors. Instead, we‘re subjected to Trump’s ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn’t look like him.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 12, 2018
When discussing @realDonaldTrump, why say falsehood when you mean lie, inelegant when you mean racist, or erratic when you mean unhinged?
Euphemisms aren’t helping. Please just keep it real, America.
— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) January 12, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) January 13, 2018
Average Trump voter: Wait, Africa isn't a country?
— Jeff Haddon (@JeffnRoundRock) January 13, 2018
Dem Reps. Nadler and Richmond announce plans to introduce resolution next week to censure Trump over his “shithole” comments
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 12, 2018
And what of the Republican response?
So for those keeping track of those who were in Trump mtg:
Durbin: Trump said "shithole" countries
Graham: publicly silent, but confirmed comments to Tim Scott
Diaz-Balart: Skirts comments in stmt
Cotton: Does not recall
Perdue: Does not recall
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 12, 2018
JUST IN: Speaker Ryan on Pres. Trump comments: "First thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful … Thought about my own family," adds "my family came from Ireland and worked the railroads, the Irish were really looked down upon back in those days." pic.twitter.com/7Xw1j3T0P7
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 12, 2018
(For those of strong stomach, the video of Ryan has to be seen to be believed)
As Trump is simply a vessel, a means to an end for Paul Ryan, damn the moral consequences, calling deeply racist comments “unhelpful” is cynically accurate.
— Anthony De Rosa 🗽 (@Anthony) January 12, 2018
So pussy is "locker room talk" and shithole is "kitchen table talk." Which room do I have to be in to say that Trump and his apologists can go fuck themselves?
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) January 12, 2018
The voting booth. https://t.co/AyWYfEFwIR
— Steph Bello (@steph_bello) January 12, 2018