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January 12, 2018 at 07:59 AM EST

Anderson Cooper 360

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TV Show
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CNN
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News

Anderson Cooper held back tears on CNN Thursday while addressing President Donald Trump’s “sh–hole countries” comment about Haiti and some nations in Africa. “Let me be clear tonight,” the CNN host of Anderson Cooper 360 said, “the people of Haiti have been through more — they’ve been through more, they’ve withstood more, they fought back against more injustice than our president ever has.”

Various sources who were briefed on Thursday’s Oval Office meeting with lawmakers separately told CNN, NBCThe New York Times, and The Washington Post of alarming comments made by Trump. “Why do we want all these people from ‘sh–hole countries’ coming here?” the president reportedly asked.

Delivering an emotional tribute to the people of Haiti, Cooper ended his program by commemorating the people he saw helping others during the 2010 earthquake.

“Like all countries, Haiti is a collection of people — rich and poor, well educated and not, good and bad. But I’ve never met a Haitian who isn’t strong,” Cooper said. “You have to be to survive in a place where the government has often abandoned its people. Where opportunities are few and where Mother Nature has punished the people far more than anyone should ever be punished.”

The newsman began to choke up as footage of the children he met flashed on-screen.

“I was there when a young girl named Bee who’d been trapped in rubble for nearly a day was rescued by people who had no heavy equipment, they just had their God-given strength and their determination, and their courage,” Cooper said. “I was there when a 5-year-old boy named Monley was rescued after being buried for more than seven days. Do you know what strength it takes to survive on rainwater buried under concrete — a 5-year-old boy buried for seven days?

“Haitians slap your hand hard when they shake it,” he continued. “They look you in the eye, they don’t blink, they stand tall, they have dignity. It’s a dignity many in this White House could learn from. It’s a dignity the president, with all his money and all his power, could learn from, as well. On the anniversary of the earthquake, on this day when this president has said what he has about Haitians, we hope the people in Haiti who are listening tonight in Port au Prince, Jacmel, Miami and elsewhere — we hope they know that our thoughts are with them, and our love is with them.”

On Friday, Trump denied he used the term “sh–hole” during the meeting.

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