Rep. Mia Love responds to Trump's comments

Published on January 12, 2018 at 10:55AM

(Salt Lake City, UT) — Congresswoman Mia Love says she plans to rise above a comment by President Trump that she called unkind and divisive.

Trump commented in an immigration meeting with senators of Thursday referring to Haiti and African nations as “s*hole countries.”

Love arrived at Salt Lake City International Airport last night after a flight from Washington, DC and spoke out about the President’s hurtful comment about immigrants from countries like Haiti.

Love’s parents are Haitian immigrants and she is the only Haitian-American in Congress.

Love called on the President to apologize, adding that she doubted he would have made such a comment if she had been sitting across from him in the White House.

The White House issued a statement that didn’t deny the remarks, but Trump tweeted an apparent denial early Friday saying, “The language used by me at the … meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”

Here is Mia Love’s full statement:

“The President’s comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values. This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation. My parents came from one of those countries but proudly took an oath of allegiance to the United States and took on the responsibilities of everything that being a citizen comes with. They never took a thing from our federal government. They worked hard, paid taxes, and rose from nothing to take care of and provide opportunities for their children. They taught their children to do the same. That’s the American Dream. The President must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned.”