African ambassadors condemn Trump remarks as 'racist'

African ambassadors condemn Trump remarks as 'racist'

African anger about Trump's comments, made during a White House meeting on immigration, could impact United States companies doing business in one of the world's fastest growing regions and complicate the Pentagon's counterterrorism efforts and security cooperation on the continent, diplomats and analysts said.

The statement, issued late Friday after the African ambassadors held an emergency meeting, comes amid an worldwide outcry over Trump reportedly saying he'd rather have more immigrants from Norway and fewer from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.

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Senator Dick Durbin said Friday he witnessed what happened at a meeting with the president regarding a bipartisan compromise on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and confirmed the president used that language repeatedly. I've not read one of them that's inaccurate.

In a statement, the White House did not deny Trump's "shithole" comments. After starting his presidential campaign by insulting Mexicans, then using a vulgar term to describe National Football League players who were protesting against police brutality, Robillard said Trump has already shown his true nature.

Government spokesperson, who is also minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi, while he was coy to rebuke Trump, said Malawi is not a "shithole" country and Africa is not a shithole continent.

"If he thinks African peoples are dummy people, it's a lie, because with Africans they go through education, they study so hard, the parents pay so much to bring them to like Wichita State University and that money contributes to the system", Isa said.

Immigration activists and even members of Congress have cautioned the Trump administration against sending Haitian immigrants back.

"We are here to tell President Trump, Haiti is not what he called it", she said. As a citizen of Norway, I can tell you we're not flattered, but offended by the President's eagerness to have us emigrate.

While Trump and his supports believe that he speaks for the "forgotten men and women" of America, many in his hometown are fuming.

Trump's comments came as Durbin was presenting details of the compromise plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment on the president's long-sought border wall.

On Friday (local time) the President tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haiti aside from noting it's a poor country.

In a statement, the A.U Mission said it condemned the remarks in the strongest terms and wants a retraction of the comments and an apology to not only to the Africans but to all people of African descent around the globe.

"If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency", Bornstein wrote.

Chicago has a Haitian-American population estimated at 50,000. He has also considered recording all his meetings to prevent similar controversies in the future.



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