Last updated on 12th Jan. 2018
1) Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/us/politics/trump-shithole-countries.html, 11th Jan. 2018
2) Trump derides protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-attacks-protections-for-immigrants-from-shithole-countries-in-oval-office-meeting/2018/01/11/bfc0725c-f711-11e7-91af-31ac729add94_story.html, 11th Jan. 2018
3) "Sh*thole countries" respond to Trump's rhetoric, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-shthole-countries-response-from-haiti-africa-el-salvador/, 12th Jan. 2018.
Post update around 11:25 PM, 12th Jan 2018 (IST)
USA President Donald J. Trump denies saying it in this tweet: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/951813216291708928, "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!"
Senator Richard J. Durbin (Democrat - Illinois) says that he heard USA President Trump use the word s*****le in their meeting with him, in this 3 min 15 sec video: https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/951822358649737217
Ravi: I go by the principle of presumption of innocence in this matter, especially as it deals with the most powerful position in the world, that of President of the USA. So I will go by what President Trump has said above unless he is proved to be wrong.
I am very happy to see the fair words used by President Trump in his public tweet referencing Haitians. In particular I think it is fair for him to say that Haiti is "a very poor and troubled country". And I think it is very nice of him to say, "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians." I wish President Trump all the best in his relationship with Haitians and African countries.
I should also say that I am not being critical of Sen. Richard J. Durbin. It is a he-said-she-said kind of case (conflicting statements without evidence to prove who is right and who is wrong). And it is very sensitive. So I would like to leave it here, hoping that President Trump will speak kindly about poor countries in the world, even in private, without using any horrifically derogatory words, even if President Trump is not able to help those poor countries in any way.
My view is that USA President Trump should never ever use such words, even in private conversations with USA govt staff and/or members of Congress, to describe any country of the world, howsoever poor it might be.
President Trump may ban any country's people from entering the USA. That is for USA government (democratically elected government) to decide. But no country's leader in the world today, no matter how rich or how militarily powerful the country may be, has a moral right to horrifically denigrate people of some poor countries, or any country for that matter.
The Christian messiah that many rich Western countries' leaders worship, Lord Jesus Christ, who I love, admire and worship, was born in a poor family in Asia two millenniums ago and during his ministry seemed to have mostly financially poor (but spiritually rich) followers. From what I know of the great Christian faith, it is completely UNCHRISTIAN of any person to denigrate any poor country in a horrific fashion. If a believer in Lord Jesus Christ and a follower of his teachings (to the extent feasible), cannot help a poor person, the absolute minimum expected of him/her is to at least not hurt the poor person by denigrating him/her in such a disgusting way.