To me, it makes a huge difference that this was said privately (and was then leaked for political purposes). Many, many of our Presidents have been crass in private. Trump crosses that line publicly all the time, but he didn’t here.
And, relatively speaking, many African countries, Haiti, etc. are crud holes. That doesn’t make the people bad, but it does probably suggest that overall they’re bad for our country.
None of you have ever disparaged a town / city / country? If I say that Trenton, Camden, Newark, etc., are crud holes, does that make me racist?
There’s a policy debate, but to me the language is pretty irrelevant.
I'm not sure how you feel about white Africans/Caribbean Islanders/New Jerseans of European descent so I can't really speak to whether or not your sentiment is racist, but it does appear ill-informed and ethnocentric.
Suggesting that overall people are bad for a country because of their place of origin is literally what Stalin and Hitler did. You probably want to do a gut check when you start writing things that make you easy to lump in with those guys.
Many of the posters in this thread seem to believe all immigrants are unskilled, and untrained. I don't know if this is how you feel, but I want to address this.
The U.S. doesn't recognize degrees from universities in most developing nations. When I went back to school to take a bunch of collegiate science courses (chemistries, physics, calculus, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, etc) the majority of the students were from places like the Sudan, Somalia, Ruwanda, the Congo, Ethiopa, Cuba etc. I was really surprised to learn that some of the best students in these classes were immigrants that already had degrees in these areas but had to get an "American" degree to be considered legitimate in their field even though they came to this country with higher level degrees and work experience. They definitely came from countries our president would describe privately (though why he now thinks anything he says is private is beyond me) as sh#tholes.
So when you assume that immigrants are unskilled remember your entire educational/professional system is built to keep people out who haven't been funneled through it since they were very young.
Many immigrants who come here will have to earn the same degree a second time, and learn a 4th, 5th, or 6th language just to get a piece of that American pie that everyone keeps talking about.