Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

African countries demand apology from Trump "sh*thole" comments

African countries demand apology from Trump

"The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", the African Union mission to the United States said in a blistering statement.

On Thursday, Trump was meeting lawmakers to discuss a proposal for an immigration plan when he reportedly grew agitated as the conversation turned to citizens of Haiti and El Salvador, and immigrants from the African continent.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

His comments which also suggested the USA should instead focus its immigrant entry policy on countries such as Norway has been criticised by global organisations including the United Nations and African Union, politicians and other Africans and Caribbeans.

But the government of Haiti - which Friday marked the eighth anniversary of a devastating natural disaster that killed at least 200,000 people - declared itself "outraged and shocked" by the "racist" slur.

Trump denounced the deal reached by a group of six Republican and Democratic senators as too weak and insisted he did not use the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries.

It said in a statement that it had asked the USA government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there.

According to leaked comments when Trump and a group of Senators were discussing the various temporary protected status programs for Haitians, El Salvadorians, and others, Trump asked why the national immigration policy of the USA did not prioritize immigrants from more prosperous countries like Norway, rather than Haiti and El Salvador.

Meanwhile, Botswana has summoned USA ambassador to express displeasure at the "highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist" comments by Trump. "Ours is not a shithole country".

"Unless it was specifically said about South Sudan, we have nothing to say", South Sudan government spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny told AP.

Combat fighter pilot joins competitive Arizona Senate race
Air Force Academy graduate's official biography also notes that her squadron was awarded the Air Force Association David C. A general-election victory by McSally, Ward or Sinema would send Arizona's first woman USA senator to Washington .

In Kenya, East Africa's economic hub, political activist Boniface Mwangi pleaded: "Please don't confuse the #shithole leaders we Africans elect with our handsome continent".

When asked about the comments directly, President Trump had no comment.

"Trump has always been a racist, only a racist can use such foul language", said Nancy Mulenga, a student at the University of Zambia. Some acknowledged problems in their countries, but blamed this on their poor leaders as well as Western nations.

"Please don't confuse the #s***hole leaders we Africans elect with our attractive continent".

"Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the White House have made significant progress in the last few weeks to get a legislative agreement on border security, fixing DACA and other related issues", he said.

In South Africa, the ruling party declared "ours is not a s***hole country" and described Trump as "extremely offensive".

"We have been here for a long time and have contributed to what the United States is today". That was the USA economy's annual rate of growth from July through September, according to Commerce Department data last month.

However Juba businesswoman Jenny Jore, 31, said that Trump's remarks were "on point".

Trump made the comments during an immigration meeting with Durbin and six Republican lawmakers: Sens.

The host doubled down, saying, "The president meant those words". "He said these hateful things and he said them repeatedly", said Sen.

Like this: