AU Demands Apology from Trump over 'Racist Remarks'

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington U.S

US President Trump holds joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Solberg at the White House in Washington. Thomson Reuters

"We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries".

"The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are shithole countries is extremely unfortunate".

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.), who Durbin said had confronted Trump over the remark, also released a statement saying he had spoken up to Trump about remarks he disagreed with, though he did not directly confirm Trump's comments.

Botswana summoned the USA ambassador to the country to "clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "s***hole" country", according to a foreign ministry statement calling Mr Trump's comments "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist". But it emphasized that such a partnership should be based on mutual respect and accepted global principles of respect of basic human dignity. 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".

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As a result, the Mission said, "there is a serious need for dialogue" between the Trump administration and African countries.

Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU Chairperson Moussa Faki, told AFP that Trump's statement "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice".

Many Africans reminded the U.S. of its historic role in the continent's woes. Some conservative commentators pushed that narrative following the news.

"Africans and Haitians come from "shithole" countries?" We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.

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"African countries, and sometimes our leaders, do not exactly deal with the problems of the worst-off, that's what makes people immigrate".

"The African Union condemns the comments in the strongest terms and demands a retraction of the comment as well as an apology to not only Africans but to all people of African descent around the globe", it said.

Mr Trump's latest comments provided ample fodder for talk-show hosts.

The US Embassy in Accra, Ghana also took to twitter to reaffirm America's reverence for Africans.

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She said the ANC was not in a position to stop any president from any country from saying anything they wish.

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