African Union slams 'hurtful, upsetting' Trump remark
14 January 2018, 03:16 | Erica Roy
Trump reportedly used the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and El Salvador, as also African countries while discussing immigration issues with the lawmakers of US on Thursday.
In a statement issued in NY, the group of over 50 nations said: "the AU expressed its disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America".
Condemning the comments "in the strongest terms", the AU demanded "a retraction of the comment as well as an apology, not only to the Africans, but to all people of African descent around the globe".
Trump made his controversial statement when he met United States legislators who came to see him about a bipartisan - meaning it is supported by Democrats and Republicans - bill on immigration, which Trump rejected. 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".
The group "is concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the USA administration towards Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color", it said.
"This is even more hurtful given the historical reality of just how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, and also terribly surprising as the United States remains a massively positive example as just how migration can give birth to a nation", Ms Kalondo said.
Many of those troops are based at a U.S. base in the East African country of Djibouti.
Senegal followed suit with foreign minister Sidiki Kaba saying the government "firmly condemned the unacceptable remarks which undermine human dignity, especially of Africa and her diaspora".
The UN has also branded as racist, the reported remark branding Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African nations as "shithole countries".
"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said Rupert Coleville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries".
Mr Trump's latest comments provided ample fodder for talk-show hosts.
Developing countries do have difficulties, but they are not "shithole countries", said ANC Deputy General Secretary Jessie Duarte, calling Trump's remarks "unfortunate". "And he said them repeatedly".
The president of Ghana tweeted Friday morning: "We are certainly not a 'shithole country.' We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful".
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