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Trump signs MLK Jr. proclamation amid cries of racism

President Donald Trump will sign a procl...

Posted: Jan 12, 2018 2:21 PM
Updated: Jan 12, 2018 2:21 PM

President Donald Trump will sign a proclamation Friday declaring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one day after making disparaging comments about Haiti and African countries.

"Today we celebrate Dr. King for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter the color of our skin, or the place of our birth we are all created equal by God," Trump said Friday ahead of the signing.

Every president since Ronald Reagan has signed the proclamation commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

"In the course of his comments, said things which were hate filled, vile and racist," Durbin said

On Thursday, while rejecting a pitch from a bipartisan team of senators on a compromise immigration deal, Trump -- according to sources briefed on the meeting -- referred to African countries and told the senators, "Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?"

Referring to the temporary protected status program, Trump said: "Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out," according to one source.

The comments were widely received as racist, and also raised concerns internationally. Botswana's Ministry of International Affairs condemned the remarks about Africa as "racist," and summoned the US Ambassador to complain, the ministry said in a statement.

"The Botswana Government has also inquired from the US Government through the Ambassador, to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a 'shithole' country," the statement said.

Haiti's Ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, asked for an apology and called the comments "quite sad" in an interview with NPR.

Since Congress passed legislation in 1983, every president since Ronald Reagan has signed the proclamation commemorating the civil rights leader with the federal holiday. Although, the first national celebration didn't take place until 1986.

This week Trump signed a measure creating a new national historic park for Martin Luther King Jr. in Georgia. The park's boundaries include the Prince Hall Masonic Temple, a site that King used as the headquarters for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, according to a White House spokesman.

On Friday, Trump denied both describing certain nations as "shithole countries" and that he demanded Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made -- a big setback for DACA!" Trump tweeted.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, who was in the meeting, told reporters Friday that Trump did in fact say those words and that he "said them repeatedly."

"In the course of his comments, said things which were hate filled, vile and racist. He used those words," Durbin said.

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