US politics

US President Donald Trump denies making derogatory remarks against certain countries

The American president had purportedly referred to third-world nations from Africa, along with Haiti and El Salvador, as ‘shithole countries’.

United States President Donald Trump on Friday denied reports that said he had described certain nations as “shithole countries”. In a tweet, Trump claimed his purported derogatory comments at a meeting on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA programme, on Thursday had been made up by the Democratic Party.

The programme protects children of undocumented immigrants to the United States from deportation. On Friday, Trump said that though he had used “tough language” at the DACA meeting, “this [the term ‘shithole countries’] was not the language used”.

Trump had reportedly used the words to refer to third-world nations from Africa, along with Haiti and El Salvador, when senators in his office were discussing means to protect immigrants in the US. Trump interrupted the meeting and said, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

In particular, Trump was aghast with the idea of taking in Haitian immigrants. He reportedly said, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” However, on Friday, Trump denied that he made the comments.

Trump had rejected a bipartisan deal on the DACA programme to protect its participants while increasing border security. On Friday, he called the deal “a big step backwards”, and blamed the Democratic Party senators for it. “I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level,” he said. “I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. I want to fund our military.”

Meanwhile, the United Nations Human Rights office decried Trump’s remarks as “racist” and inciting xenophobia, Reuters reported. “You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as “shitholes”, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome,” UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said.

A judge in San Francisco had on January 9 temporarily barred the Trump administration from ending the DACA programme. The federal government had announced in September 2017 that it would cancel the programme. Subsequently, the decision was challenged in several courts.

On January 9, District Judge William Alsup ruled that the DACA programme must remain in place until the federal cases were resolved.

We welcome your comments at
Sponsored Content BY 

When did we start parenting our parents?

As our parents grow older, our ‘adulting’ skills are tested like never before.

From answering every homework question to killing every monster under the bed, from soothing every wound with care to crushing anxiety by just the sound of their voice - parents understandably seemed like invincible, know-it-all superheroes all our childhood. It’s no wonder then that reality hits all of a sudden, the first time a parent falls and suffers a slip disc, or wears a thick pair of spectacles to read a restaurant menu - our parents are growing old, and older. It’s a slow process as our parents turn from superheroes to...human.

And just as slow to evolve are the dynamics of our relationship with them. Once upon a time, a peck on the cheek was a frequent ritual. As were handmade birthday cards every year from the artistically inclined, or declaring parents as ‘My Hero’ in school essays. Every parent-child duo could boast of an affectionate ritual - movie nights, cooking Sundays, reading favourite books together etc. The changed dynamic is indeed the most visible in the way we express our affection.

The affection is now expressed in more mature, more subtle ways - ways that mimics that of our own parents’ a lot. When did we start parenting our parents? Was it the first time we offered to foot the electricity bill, or drove them to the doctor, or dragged them along on a much-needed morning walk? Little did we know those innocent acts were but a start of a gradual role reversal.

In adulthood, children’s affection for their parents takes on a sense of responsibility. It includes everything from teaching them how to use smartphones effectively and contributing to family finances to tracking doctor’s appointments and ensuring medicine compliance. Worry and concern, though evidence of love, tend to largely replace old-fashioned patterns of affection between parents and children as the latter grow up.

It’s something that can be easily rectified, though. Start at the simplest - the old-fashioned peck on the cheek. When was the last time you gave your mom or dad a peck on the cheek like a spontaneous five-year-old - for no reason at all? Young parents can take their own children’s behaviour available as inspiration.

As young parents come to understand the responsibilities associated with caring for their parents, they also come to realise that they wouldn’t want their children to go through the same challenges. Creating a safe and secure environment for your family can help you strike a balance between the loving child in you and the caring, responsible adult that you are. A good life insurance plan can help families deal with unforeseen health crises by providing protection against financial loss. Having assurance of a measure of financial security for family can help ease financial tensions considerably, leaving you to focus on being a caring, affectionate child. Moreover,you can eliminate some of the worry for your children when they grow up – as the video below shows.


To learn more about life insurance plans available for your family, see here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of SBI Life and not by the Scroll editorial team.