Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

US President's 'shithole' remark: Outrage erupted across Africa

US President's 'shithole' remark: Outrage erupted across Africa

Trump asked at a meeting with congress members at the White House, reports said on Thursday, citing people with knowledge on the conversation.

African nations have reacted angrily after Donald Trump reportedly referred to them as "s***hole countries", with many accusing the United States president of racism and ignorance. After an emergency meeting today at UN, Africa group says it "is extremely appalled at...outrageous and xenophobic remarks" attributed to Trump and "demands a retraction and an apology".

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

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said to the Associated Press. At least one more African leader spoke up on Saturday.

Botswana's government on Friday condemned Trump's reported disparaging remarks about developing countries, calling on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union and all other progressive nations across the world to strongly condemn the remarks.

Meanwhile government of Botswana has summoned the United States ambassador of its country to express its displeasure at the comments and asked the ambassador to clarify if Botswana "is regarded as a "shithole" country" in lieu of the alleged comments from President Trump.

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The Mission also demanded a retraction of the statement and an apology from the U.S. President.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.), who Durbin said had confronted Trump over the remark, also released a statement saying he had spoken up to Trump about remarks he disagreed with, though he did not directly confirm Trump's comments.

It said the "remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity". "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries".

"Africans and Haitians come from "shithole" countries?" We are certainly not a "shithole country".

"He didn't just name a white country, he named the whitest - so white they wear moon-screen", he said.

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