SALT LAKE CITY — Ogden resident Chareyl Moyes does Haiti all day, every day.
As co-founder of Utah-based Haitian Roots, she keeps tabs on the La Maison de nos Petite Enfants orphanage and schools the nonprofit runs in the Caribbean island nation. Her full-time job as a case manager with Wasatch International Adoptions also keeps Haiti on her radar.
Moyes has traveled to Haiti numerous times the past 14 years — she’s going again next month — and saw firsthand the death and devastation of the 2010 earthquake that rocked the country eight years ago Friday.
To have President Donald Trump disparage a place and a people she loves cut deeply.
“I get that there are troubles in Haiti and it needs help. But for the leader of our country to refer to it as a s—hole is hurtful,” she said. “It’s hurtful to a nation that’s constantly trying to recover from things that they have no control over.”
Americans shouldn’t give the president a pass but demand he apologize, Moyes said.
“Many of us work in those countries. I don’t want to be embarrassed when I’m in that country. I don’t want me to be a reflection of him,” she said.
Trump on Friday denied that he had insulted Haitians amid an uproar about his reported description of African nations as “s—hole countries” during a meeting on immigration with lawmakers.
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings — unfortunately, no trust!” he tweeted.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who was present at the meeting and spoke to reporters Friday, confirmed the president’s remarks and said the media reports were accurate, according to NBC News.
In recounting the meeting, Durbin…