Trump language on Africa unacceptable, racist, says Ghana

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

The Washington Post reported Thursday that President Trump, in a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on immigration, referred to El Salvador, Haiti, and a handful of African nations as "shithole countries", while questioning why the United States couldn't receive more immigrants from countries like Norway.

He added, "The contribution and spirit of these immigrants, as American citizens and as citizens who honor their homeland, may well be the greatest symbol of what makes America great - or at least of what can".

The resolution was passed unanimously after four hours of discussions.

The White House, in an initial statement, did not deny the comments, which remained unchallenged by the Trump administration, until a pair of tweets from the US President came later.

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo told the Associated Press news agency.

"I don't think the Present Trump is a racist in the traditional sense as we know in this country", Farris Jr. said.

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Although it is being taken as a denial of the "sh*thole" comment, Mr. Trump did not specifically reference that phrase in his denial.

Farris was asked about Trump's recent remarks which disparaged the native countries of countless Black immigrants.

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Norwegians did move in large numbers to the United States in the nineteenth century, but the figure was down to 502 in 2016, a decline of 59 from the previous year, according to Statistics Norway. "Not while he's there!" she said, referring to Trump. "The President is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday".

Past presidential examinations have included vitals such as height, weight, body mass index, resting heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation in the blood. 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".

Mr Trump announced on Thursday he would not be visiting London to open the new $1bn (728.6m) embassy in Nine Elms, Battersea, in south London, next Tuesday because it was a bad deal.

Underscoring the hurdles facing the effort, other Republicans undercut the significance of the deal the half-dozen senators hoped to sell to Trump. President Obama, whose father was from Kenya, has not responded.

US Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez called Trump "a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution".

Among other objections, Trump said the plan did not provide proper funding for the proposed wall that he made a center-piece of his election campaign.

We're talking straight-up, go-back-to-where-you-came-from bigotry, the kind that emboldened Southern segregationists to barricade college classrooms and train firehoses on civil rights demonstrators more than half a century ago.

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