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Florida Republican says Haiti is full of 'sheet metal and garbage'

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via @learyreports @alextdaugherty

Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz says President Donald Trump is essentially right: Haiti is a dump.

"I mean, everywhere you look in Haiti, it's sheet metal and garbage when I was there," Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, said Tuesday on MSNBC.

Trump has denied using "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries, though Sen. Dick Durbin stands by his account of last week's immigration meeting at the White House, as does Sen. Lindsey Graham.

"I would not pick those terms, but I would say that the conditions in Haiti are deplorable, they are disgusting," Gaetz said.

Gaetz is a Trump supporter who represents a conservative district on the Florida panhandle. While Florida is home to the nation's largest concentration of Haitians, many of them are in South Florida. Protests erupted last weekend at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach over Trump's alleged comments about Haitians.

Watch Gaetz's interview below: 

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