Miami Haitians condemn Trump on 8th anniversary of earthquake

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President Trump offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries.

Trump said he was only expressing what many people think but won’t say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a person who spoke to the president as criticism of his comments ricocheted around the globe.

On Friday, Haitians in Miami marked the eighth anniversary of the country’s devastating 7.0 earthquake with a news conference condemning Trump’s denigrating remarks, before a march to commemorate the disaster, which killed more than 300,000. (AP/Getty Images)

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<p>Jocelyne Pierre and Yanick Gorneo (L-R) join with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) </p>
Miami Haitians condemn Trump

Jocelyne Pierre and Yanick Gorneo (L-R) join with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

<p>Erika Rigaud,15, holds an American flag as she joins with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) </p>
Miami Haitians condemn Trump

Erika Rigaud,15, holds an American flag as she joins with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

<p>People join together to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) </p>
Miami Haitians condemn Trump

People join together to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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<p>Haitian-Americans march to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP) </p>
Miami Haitians condemn Trump

Haitian-Americans march to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

<p>Kevin Etienne holds up a sign as he listens to a news conference condemning President Trump’s recent remarks denigrating Haiti, before a march to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP) </p>
Miami Haitians condemn Trump

Kevin Etienne holds up a sign as he listens to a news conference condemning President Trump’s recent remarks denigrating Haiti, before a march to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

<p>Fandzy Bernadin holds an American flag as he joins with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) </p>
Miami Haitians condemn Trump

Fandzy Bernadin holds an American flag as he joins with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

<p>Jocelyne Pierre (C) joins with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) </p>
Miami Haitians condemn Trump

Jocelyne Pierre (C) joins with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

<p>Jorel Francois holds a sign that reads, “President trump is a Bigot!!!” as he joins with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) </p>
Miami Haitians condemn Trump

Jorel Francois holds a sign that reads, “President trump is a Bigot!!!” as he joins with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

<p>Haitian-Americans react during a news conference before a march commemorating the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP) </p>
Miami Haitians condemn Trump

Haitian-Americans react during a news conference before a march commemorating the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

<p>Minister Lorna Shuford and Pastor Marie Belizaire (L-R) join with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) </p>
Miami Haitians condemn Trump

Minister Lorna Shuford and Pastor Marie Belizaire (L-R) join with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador Jan. 12, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

<p>Haitian-Americans carry Haitian flags and signs as they march to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP) </p>
Miami Haitians condemn Trump

Haitian-Americans carry Haitian flags and signs as they march to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

<p>Pastor Marie Belizaire, lower right, holds a bible as she listens to a news conference condemning President Trump’s recent remarks denigrating Haiti, before a march to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP) </p>
Miami Haitians condemn Trump

Pastor Marie Belizaire, lower right, holds a bible as she listens to a news conference condemning President Trump’s recent remarks denigrating Haiti, before a march to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

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