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Posted: January 13, 2018

Sean Penn says Trump is 'enemy of mankind'

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06:  Sean Penn speaks onstage during the 7th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HAITI RISING Gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization on January 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for for J/P HRO Gala)
Michael Kovac/Getty Images for for J/P HRO Gala
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Sean Penn speaks onstage during the 7th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HAITI RISING Gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization on January 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for for J/P HRO Gala)

By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

In an op-ed for Time, actor Sean Penn offered a blistering critique of President Donald Trump in response to the disparaging remarks he allegedly made about Haiti and African nations during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers Thursday on immigration reform.

On Twitter, Trump admitted to using tough language, but denied he used the profanity-laced term that sparked outrage. 

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In the Time opinion piece, Penn talks at length about his time in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He talked about witnessing the resilience, pride and love of family the Haitian people exhibited during a time of crisis. Penn also cited statistics suggesting that Haitian immigrants who come to the U.S. contribute positively to their adopted country, earning degrees and sending money back to their homeland to help improve conditions there.

Penn lamented that at a time when Americans and Haitians should be marking a somber anniversary, they were instead dealing with the fallout of Trump's remarks. Penn said that the solution to our country’s divisiveness is recognizing that Trump is an "enemy of compassion" and an "enemy of mankind."

Penn concluded by saying that Trump is an "enemy of the state."


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Trump also called the DACA deal “a big step backwards,” and called for a “merit-based system” of immigration.

The tweets came a day after a contentious meeting between the president and several congressional members.

A person familiar with the meeting told CNN that Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham brought a plan to Trump that involved cutting the visa lottery in half and while the rest would go to underrepresented countries in Africa and Temporary Protective Status nations, including Haiti. The person said the language was salty on both sides, CNN reported.

One person briefed on the meeting said when Durbin brought up the subject of Haiti, Trump questioned it in vulgar terms and added that the U.S. should get more people from countries like Norway.

Friday, Trump took to Twitter, saying that the “so-called bipartisan DACA deal” was “a big step backwards.”

“Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly,” Trump tweeted. “I want a merit-based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs.” 

Trump later tweeted that while his language was tough, “This was not the language used.”

“What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made,” Trump tweeted.

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