African Union demands apology from Trump over racist comment

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

In light of President Donald Trump's disgusting and racist comments, people from around the world are sharing their life accomplishments on Twitter.

The language came after lawmakers discussed restoring protections for immigrants living in Haiti and Africa than from places like Norway. Barely a year ago, America's first black president, Barack Obama, marked his final King Day in office with his usual community service; now, his successor is presiding over a racial backlash the country has hardly seen in more than a generation.

Mr. Trump has denied using that language but others present say he did.

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In Austin, a 28-year-old Haitian who said his temporary protected status expires in a week, said he was not surprised by Trump's comments.

"I'm bothered by what he said, but I don't think the entire America would agree with him", Charitable said. "Do we need more Haitians?"

Trump took particular issue with the idea that people who had fled to the United States after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti would be allowed to stay as part of the deal.

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"Very very sad, I was so shocked, I'm still shocked, I can't believe he said that", says Weedor Mcdoweel, originally fromlLiberia whose lived in the U.S for almost seven years.

Trump insisted Friday that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled 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.

"It is evident, through repeated disparaging and defaming comments about Haiti and continental African nations, that his sentiments are truly a reflection of what he harbours in his heart and ultimately indicate his true intentions", added Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York. The largest group is El Salvador and the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian, and when I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians?

He went on to talk about he witnessed in Haiti, stating the nation's people had "been through more, they've withstood more, they've fought back against more injustice than our President ever has". "This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia", United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said. He has also considered recording all his meetings to prevent similar controversies in the future.

But Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said by Durbin to have voiced objection to Trump's comments during the meeting, issued a statement that did not dispute the remarks.

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