Hillary Clinton took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to commemorate the eighth anniversary of a devastating Haiti earthquake — and to take a shot at President Donald Trump for his latest controversy.
“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,” Clinton wrote. “Instead, we‘re subjected to Trump’s ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn’t look like him.”
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
Clinton was serving as secretary of state under President Barack Obama when the massive earthquake rocked Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. Secretary Clinton visited Port-au-Prince and witnessed the devastation firsthand just days after the earthquake.
“We are here at the invitation of your government to help you,” she said at the time. “As President Obama has said, we will be here today, tomorrow and for the time ahead.”
The tweet from Clinton comes one day after it was reported the president made a derogatory reference to a number of countries, including Haiti, calling them “s**thole countries.”
In an early Friday tweet, Trump denied having used the words attributed to him by The Washington Post, and he said he “never said anything derogatory about Haitians,” other than a remark about Haiti being a troubled country:
Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Previously, Trump came under fire following a different report indicating he had allegedly claimed immigrants from Haiti “all have AIDS” while fuming in the Oval Office over visas granted by his State Department.
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