Chorus of condemnation grows over Trump 'shithole' slurs

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Then its most prominent supporter told members of Congress in the Oval Office this week that the USA needs fewer immigrants from Haiti and Africa and more from places like Norway.

The government of Botswana has become a first African country to react and shoot down United States (US) President, Donald Trump's "shithole" remarks to Haiti and African countries.

The President on Friday denied using the crass and racist language to describe countries he does not think are worthy of sending immigrants to the a series of posts on Twitter.

"We always knew that President Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people [of] certain colours", Congressman Luis Gutierrez said.

Trump's remarks were made at a meeting of Congressional leaders working on a bipartisan immigration deal to allow some 800,000 so-called Dreamers to remain in the United States.

Immigration activists and even members of Congress have cautioned the Trump administration against sending Haitian immigrants back.

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The African Union Mission to Washington says United States president Donald Trump, who called Haiti and Africa "shithole" countries, should withdraw the remarks, which dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity. Although it is being taken as a denial of the "sh*thole" comment, Mr. Trump did not specifically reference that phrase in his denial.

The African Union has also said it was alarmed by President Trump's vulgar statement.

He tweeted: "God made me African". "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians!" In a statement, the Haitian government expressed its shock and outrage.

Trump's alleged remarks have caused outrage across the world with officials in African, European, Latin American countries and United Nations expressing condemnation and summoning USA diplomats in protest.

After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the group said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the USA administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour".

The State Department appeared to have gone into damage-repair mode.

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Todd Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, said African Christians closely follow evangelical voting in the US, and have deep concern about American evangelical support for Trump.

Trump's language triggered a barrage of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. "He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly". He added the country "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly". This is great news to foreign dictators, who want their people to believe that we were lying about equality and freedom.

In an oddly-timed coincidence, the United States president yesterday signed a declaration honoring killed civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr, three days before the federal holiday celebrated in his honor.

Questions about his physical fitness have trailed him since the campaign, when his personal physician proclaimed he would be the "healthiest individual ever elected" if he won.

Nevertheless, the uproar has revived attention on previous remarks by Trump that have ignited accusations of racism.

Asked about the remarks, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny them.

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