Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) defended the president against accusations of racism based on the report that he called Haiti and other African nations “s**thole countries” in a meeting about immigration.
Here’s the video of Rand Paul defending Trump:
Here’s what Paul said:
“You know I don’t think the comments were constructive at all,” Paul told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, “but I also think that to be fair, we shouldn’t draw conclusions that he didn’t intend.”
“I know personally about his feelings toward Haiti and Central America because when I was not a candidate for president and he wasn’t a candidate for president I went down there on a medical mission trip,” he explained, “I did about 200 cataract surgeries with a group of surgeons in Haiti, and the same in Central America.”
“And when we asked Donald J. Trump as a private citizen to support those trips,” he continued, “he was a large financial backer of both medical mission trips, so I think it’s unfair to sort of draw conclusions from a remark that I think, wasn’t constructive is the least we can say, and I think it’s unfair to all of a sudden paint him as ‘oh well he’s a racist,’ when I know for a fact that he cares very deeply for the people of Haiti because he helped finance a trip where they were able to get vision back for 200 people in Haiti.”
Paul said that people were jumping to conclusions and used different terms to explain how Trump’s opinion might be reasonable and much less controversial, had he not used the derogatory term.
The controversy continues…
Trump had denied saying the words that were ascribed to him from numerous sources attending the immigration discussion, while some Republicans also denied that he made those specific insults to Haiti and African countries as compared to those like Norway.