UN Official: Trump's Vulgar Comments on Africa, Haiti Shameful

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

US President Donald Trump desperately sought Friday to quell a growing storm triggered by his reported description of African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as "shithole" countries, in a slur denounced as "racist" by the United Nations.

Durbin said people who would be allowed to stay in the US included those who had fled here after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti.

The US ambassador in Botswana was summoned on Friday by the government to hear complaints about Trump's reported remarks: "The Government of Botswana, today summoned the US Ambassador to Botswana to express its displeasure at the alleged utterances made by the President of the US", the country's foreign ministry said in a statement posted on Twitter.

His remarks have quickly spread around the world, provoking strong reactions, including those from the United Nations.

"Almost no one coming from the Dominican Republic to the United States is coming here because they have a proven skill that will benefit us and would indicate their likely success in our society", he said on the Senate floor in 2006.

Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" after triggering worldwide outrage.

Facing strong condemnation at home and overseas, US President Donald Trump on Friday denied using the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries.

During a private meeting with lawmakers Thursday, he stunningly questioned why the US would admit Haitians or people from "shithole" countries in Africa, expressing a preference instead for immigrants from Norway, a majority white nation. "The sooner he is made aware that America needs the world and the world needs America the better it is for all of us", Ras Mubarak said. President, are you a racist?' asked American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan on Friday.

He stressed the U.S. was "much stronger than the sum total of one man".

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The comment was "clearly" racist, said Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki.

"For months, I have been involved in numerous high level bipartisan meetings negotiating DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals), including Thursday's meeting at the White House".

In 2016, in response to a question about then-candidate Trump's views on immigration and his intention to build a wall along the USA border with Mexico, Francis said a man with such views was "not Christian".

Trump can use crude language if he wants and he won't do any real damage.

Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Mr Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.

Africans of all stripes took to social media.

The Mission demanded a retraction of the statement and an apology from the USA leader. The Trump administration is ending those protections for people from Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and suggested it will do the same for Hondurans.

But the government of Haiti - which Friday was marking eight years since a devastating quake killed at least 200,000 people in the country - declared itself "outraged and shocked".

Johnnie Moore, a public relations executive and a leader among Trump's evangelical advisers, said the reports of what Trump said were "absolutely suspect and politicized". "That partnership must be grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect", he said.

It further called for the US President to issue an apology for the hurtful remarks not only to Africans but people of African descent across the globe.

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