Last week, a reporter claimed that while in a private, bipartisan meeting about DACA, President Trump said some unfavorable comments toward developing nations whose citizens often come to the United States. Specifically, the claim was that President Trump referred to the countries, including Haiti, as "sh--hole countries."
Reportedly, the comments took place while talking about immigration from El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, and various countries in Africa. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) said that the president used vulgar language repeatedly.
After news emerged about the comments made in the closed-door meeting, President Trump denied the comments. He said that he did use "tough" language, but not the specific words that were being claimed.
While President Trump denied his comments, thousands of Americans, as well as mainstream media sources, began accusing him of being a racist. The president responded, saying that he is not racist at all and that those accusations are false.
Now, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), is speaking up about what President Trump really thinks about the countries in question, specifically Haiti. According to the Daily Wire, Paul talked with Chuck Todd from NBC about Trump's involvement with Haiti as a private citizen.
Paul, referring to the comments in the DACA meeting, said, "You know, I don't think the comments were constructive at all, but I also think that to be fair we shouldn't draw conclusions that he didn't intend."
He continued, "I know personally about his feelings toward Haiti and toward Central America because when I was not a candidate for president and he wasn't a candidate for president I went down there on a medical mission trip. I did about 200 cataract surgeries with a group of surgeons and the same in Central America, and when we asked Donald J. Trump as a private citizen to support those trips, he was a large financial backer of both medical mission trips."
"So I think it's unfair to sort of draw conclusions from a remark that I think wasn't constructive is the least we can say, and it's unfair to all of a sudden paint him as 'he's a racist' when I know for a fact that he cares deeply about the people in Haiti because he helped finance a trip where we were able to get vision back for 200 people in Haiti," Paul concluded.
While the mainstream media and several Americans have drawn conclusions about President Trump based on a few, albeit unfavorable, remarks, many people are failing to recognize what he has done for people in developing nations through his actions, both as a politician and as a private citizen.
What do you think about this? Let us know your comments! In other recent news, the Haiti Ambassador just spoke out about the DACA remarks.