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We Asked, You Answered: What Shaped Trump's View Of Poor Countries?

Is it fair to make a connection between the president's comments and the way aid groups and the media portray poverty? Our readers weigh in.
A boy carries a sack of grain from a dugout canoe to shore in the village of Ambohitsara in eastern Madagascar, characterized as a low-income country by the World Bank. Source: Samantha Reinders for NPR

On Friday, we posed this question to our audience: What do you think of the way poor countries are portrayed by aid groups and the media?

The question came in light of President Donald Trump's reported description of El Salvador, Haiti and nations in Africa as "shithole countries" last week.

"When well-meaning people describe poverty as a hellhole, we shouldn't be surprised that people end up thinking of poor places as 'shitholes,' " , a prominent development economist at the University of Zurich.

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