Barbados’ Ambassador to the United States Selwin Hart is supporting the position taken by the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in response to recent disparaging statements made by US president Donald Trump about Haiti, El Salvador and the countries of Africa.
The US president is currently facing a maelstrom of protest, both at home and abroad, after he reportedly questioned why America was taking in so many citizens from these “shithole” countries during an immigration-related meeting with lawmakers at the White House last Thursday.
In the offensive remarks, which Trump has since denied, he also reportedly expressed a preference for having more immigrants from Norway, a white Scandinavian country, instead of the predominantly black nations.
CARICOM has since condemned Trump’s remarks terming them as both repulsive and derogatory and not a reflection of
what Haiti represents, even though it said it has noticed a “pattern of denigrating Haiti and its citizens in what seems to be a concerted attempt to perpetuate a negative narrative of the country.
“We are especially saddened that such narrative emerged around the time of the anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake which took so many lives of citizens in that country.”
Speaking on the sidelines of a presentation here on Monday, Hart said that he agreed with CARICOM’s rebuttal of Trump’s derogatory comments.
“The CARICOM ambassadors met with the Haitian ambassador and we have given our full support to Haiti and the government of Haiti. So, we stand with the CARICOM statement,” Hart said.