PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz published a tweet Friday night, Jan. 12, in what appears to be in response to recent controversial remarks about immigrants and foreign countries made by President Trump.
The tweet from Wentz, a former Bismarck and Fargo resident and star quarterback for the North Dakota State University Bison, reads: "Much love for the people of Haiti! They've been thru so much but it was incredible to see so much hope for them--even tho they've been stricken by so many natural disasters. Such a resilient nation & a place I'm passionate about. Definitely changed @jmattjmattjmatt and I forever!"
Wentz's tweet includes a video of his time spent in Haiti during the summer of 2017 on behalf of his newly launched "AO1 Foundation." AO1, which stands for Audience of 1, launched in 2017 with a mission to demonstrate the love of God by providing opportunities and support for the less fortunate and those in need.
On Sept. 19, 2017, the AO1 Foundation announced it had granted funds to Mission of Hope, Haiti to help launch a sports initiative to develop youth, reinforce education, and invest in the next generation of Haiti's leaders.
During the 2017 offseason, Wentz, along with former teammate Jordan Matthews, visited Haiti with fellow church members to provide volunteer services and have a first-hand look to better understand the needs of the local community in Haiti.
Upon returning home, the AO1 Foundation approved the Mission of Hope's request for funds to help build a multi-purpose sports complex and education center on its campus.
Construction on the complex began in September of 2017.
On Thursday, Jan. 11, after growing frustrated with lawmakers in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, two people briefed on the meeting told the Washington Post that Trump asked, "why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"
The countries he was referring to were some African and Caribbean nations, including Haiti.
President Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met with on Wednesday, Jan. 10.