Without proof of his statement, the former president Donald Trump He condemned Haitian immigrants’ attempts to enter the United States, claiming that they “probably have AIDS.”
“Take a look at what’s happening in Haiti. It’s a huge problem with AIDS,” he said in an interview with Fox News last week. “Many of those people will probably have AIDS and they are coming to our country and we don’t do anything about it. We let everyone come. It’s like dying for our country.”
This is the former president’s latest offensive remark about the Caribbean country. In 2018, he was accused of labeling it and some African countries “sh * thole”.
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According to the United Nations, HIV among Haitians between the ages of 15 and 49 is just under 2 percent, and the country’s prevalence rate has declined significantly in recent decades.
The Haitian embassy in Washington DC has criticized Trump’s remarks as “racist” and “baseless.”
According to the agency France-Press, the embassy said in a statement, “The purpose of this vulgar remark is simply to sow hatred and discrimination against immigrants.”
Thousands of Haitians have tried to enter the United States in recent months through the Texas border with Mexico. About 7,000 people have been deported, according to U.S. government figures. The escalation of violence and political unrest in response to the assassination of the president in July and a strong earthquake in August.