Listen, political diplomacy is a real tightrope act.
You have to balance the needs and desires of various geopolitical players, remain neutral among all parties to ensure everybody is satisfied, and flatter and praise each nation and its leaders individually in order to make them happy.
So before you jump down Trump’s throat for yesterday’s comments referring to Haiti and various African countries as “shithole[s],” ask yourself this: would you be able to avoid referring to other nations as “shitholes”?
Oh, you would? Well, then.
In the wake of Trump’s comments, Paul Altidor, Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, spoke to NBC News and MSNBC contributor Yamiche Alcindor. In his remarks, he noted that both he and the Haitian government “vehemently condemn” the president’s disparaging comments and that Trump’s beliefs are “based on stereotypes”:
I just talked to Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States Paul Altidor who said he and the Haitian government “vehemently condemn” President Trump’s comments which they believe are “based on stereotypes.” “Either the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated.”
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 12, 2018
That last sentence is a trick question, by the way. Trump is the rare individual who can simultaneously know nothing about a subject and have all the wrong information about it. The term “willful ignorance” was tailor-made for this moist sack of dough.
Altidor also took the opportunity to remind Trump that “Haitians fought along[side] U.S. soldiers in the Revolutionary War and we continue to be great contributors to American society.” Trump, of course, does not know this, but if he ends up apologizing for his comments – an unlikely proposition at best – I’d be willing to bet that his apology will include “Haitians actually fought alongside U.S. soldiers in the Revolutionary War. Did you know that? Lot of people don’t know that, but I know that.”
According to Alcindor, the Haitian government has formally summoned a U.S. ambassador to meet with Haitian officials and explain and/or attempt to justify Trump’s comments. So, best of luck to that sacrificial lamb.