African Union expresses dismay over Trump comments, demands apology

Former US ambassador to UN says Africa's response to Trump's 'shithole' comments is unprecedented

African Union ambassadors to the United Nations have demanded an apology from U.S. President Donald Trump for his racist remark on the people of Africa.

Mr Trump described El Salvador, Haiti and certain African nations as "shithole" countries during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House on Thursday.

A group of Republican and Democratic senators has been working for months to craft legislation that would protect 700,000 young adults who were brought into the country illegally as children and later shielded from deportation under a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

"These are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States", U.N. spokesman Rupert Colville said. Trump said, according to the report, advocating instead for immigrants from Norway.

In his own tweet Friday, Trump had appeared to deny using the term "shithole", as he was reported to have done during a private White House meeting Thursday. Sen. He was said to have said the words during a meeting on immigration at the White House.

Around 10:15 a.m., Trump returned Durbin's call and was told about the main elements of the deal.

Durbin thought it would just be the senators and Trump in the room.

Akufo-Addo's predecessor, John Dramani Mahama, also criticized Trump's comments Saturday.

He didn't appear that outraged over what some claim the president said, but he said it will be tough to keep his country's respect with such language.

In Haiti, on the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake that killed about 220,000 people, the government also summoned the top U.S. diplomat for an explanation, while the Haitian ambassador to Washington called for an apology. "Unfortunately, there is no reason to believe that we can negotiate in good faith with a person who holds such vile and reprehensible beliefs".

However, Republican Sen. Tim Scott, the junior senator from SC, told the Charleston Post and Courier that Graham told him the reported comments are "basically accurate".

The African Union (AU), an organisation which promotes cooperation on the continent, said it was alarmed by Trump's "very racist" comments.

"I'm bothered by what he said, but I don't think the entire America would agree with him", Charitable said. "The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", Graham said in a statement.

The Republican from Florida issued a statement.

"Why do we want all these people from "shithole countries" coming here?" "We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress".



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