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President Trump’s remarks about African countries and Haiti drew condemnation from a group of African ambassadors to the United Nations who called them “outrageous, racist and xenophobic” and demanded a retraction and apology.
Trump drew sharp worldwide criticism, including from the United Nations, when he apparently said that African and other countries were “shithole countries” in a bipartisan discussion of U.S. immigration regulations.
Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota’s largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (D-Ill.), one of the lawmakers who attended the meeting, insisted Trump had used “hateful” language in the meeting, and said press reports quoting Trump as using the term “shithole” were accurate. Trump wasn’t apologetic and denied he was racist, instead blaming the media for distorting his meaning, said the confidant, who wasn’t authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity. Botswana’s foreign ministry earlier summoned the USA ambassador in protest.
“There is a serious need for dialogue between the USA administration and the African countries”, the statement reads.
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“The Africa we know and live in is one that is recovering economically and rising”, it added.
“This relationship should be from the point of equality and mutual respect based on accepted global principles of respect for basic human dignity of all”, the mission said.
Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein said that the top US diplomats in South Africa and Ghana had been summoned to meet with the governments on Monday.
On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence, who worshipped at a Baptist church in Maryland, listened as the pastor denounced Trump’s use of vulgarity.
“They will have to work extra hard to send that message right now, but that’s part of their responsibility”.
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They have also included more detailed examinations of the heart, lungs, vision, cholesterol and blood glucose – but the White House said ahead of the check-up that Mr Trump would not undergo a psychiatric assessment.
Trump reportedly used the word to describe African countries during an Oval Office meeting on Thursday with a bipartisan group of six senators on immigration reform.
Meanwhile, the African Union Representational Mission to the U.S. also condemned Trump’s comments, saying he did not respect the celebrated American “creed and the respect for diversity and human dignity”.
The envoys released a joint statement Friday after an emergency meeting was held to address the issue.
Other governments in Africa have also responded angrily. I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed.
Also adding his criticism to the comment by Donald Trump, ex-president John Mahama urged the African Union to take action following the developments.
“I reject them and condemn vigorously”.
The ambassadors’ statement expresses concern over the Trump administration’s apparent increasing denigration of Africa “and people of colour”, before extending thanks to “the American people from all walks of life” who have condemned their leader.
“I know personally about his feelings towards Haiti and toward Central America because when I was not a candidate for president and he wasn’t a candidate for president I went down there on a medical mission trip”, Paul said.