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Rep. Love on Trump Haiti Slam: 'I Can't Defend the Indefensible'

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House Finance Committee members Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) (L) and Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) confer while hearing testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen in the Rayburn House Office Building November 4, 2015. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 14 January 2018 10:39 AM

Rep. Mia Love, the first Haitian-American elected to Congress, said Sunday she can't defend President Donald Trump's reported vulgar comments about Haiti and African nations, as she "can't defend the indefensible."

The Utah Republican also told CNN "State of the Union" host Jake tapper that she considers the comments to have been racist.

"There are countries that do struggle out there, but their people are good people," Love, who has demanded an apology from Trump told Tapper. "They're part of us. We're Americans."

Love said her parents came to the United States from Haiti, worked hard, and paid their taxes.

"When they pledged their allegiance to the American flag and became U.S. Citizens, they meant every word of it and they did everything they could to take on not just the benefits, but the responsibilities of what it meant to be an American citizen," said Love. "I'm a product of that. I am the American dream."

Love said Trump's words, calling Haiti and African nations "s***hole countries," were difficult to hear, especially since her parents were big supporters of the president.

When Tapper asked her if she thought Trump's comments were racist, Love replied, "Well, I think they were — yes. I think that they were unfortunate...I wasn't in the room. I know the comments were made. I don't know which context they were made. I'm looking forward to finding out what happened, but more importantly, I'm looking forward to trying to fix the problem.I think we need to, we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard."

Meanwhile, Trump appealed to Haitian-Americans in Florida during his campaign, and Love said she helped with that effort, as there were some issues with the Clinton Foundation and what had happened with it and Haiti.

"They wanted someone who was going to be able to help and treat them like Americans," said Love. "There are Haitian Americans that are here, that are citizens, that contribute to our society, and not just contribute to our economy, but also help Haiti and their families there too."

Love said the White House has reached out to meet with her and other lawmakers, but she does not know what will be said or done, but she hopes that they will be working on fixing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, as "we cannot let this derail us."

Future DACA meetings should include more people, Love said, like Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas and Carlos Curbelo, R-Florida, "people on both sides of the aisle that should have been in that room talking about DACA."

Love also thinks Trump should apologize for his words.

"I'm hoping that the president will work with me to actually get things done," said Love. "There's a lot of healing. There's a lot of, I still think that he should apologize." 

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Rep. Mia Love, the first Haitian-American elected to Congress, said Sunday she can't defend President Donald Trump's reported vulgar comments about Haiti and African nations, as she "can't defend the indefensible."The Utah Republican also told CNN "State of the Union" host...
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