The organisation representing African countries has demanded in which US President Donald Trump apologise after he reportedly called nations on the continent “shitholes”.
The African Union mission in Washington DC expressed its “shock, dismay along with also outrage” along with also said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans.
The US leader made the alleged remark in a Thursday meeting on immigration.
yet Mr Trump has denied using the language reported.
He has been backed by two Republicans who were at the White House meeting, yet Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Mr Trump called African countries “shitholes” repeatedly along with also used “racist” language.
On Friday, Mr Trump on Friday tweeted in which his language he used at the private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration legislation had been “tough”.
yet he added in which the words attributed to him were “not the language used”.
What did the African Union say?
This particular said the “remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed along with also respect for diversity along with also human dignity”.
This particular added: “While expressing our shock, dismay along with also outrage, the African Union strongly believes in which there is usually a huge misunderstanding of the African continent along with also its people by the current Administration.
“There is usually a serious need for dialogue between the US Administration along with also the African countries.”
The pan-African grouping represents 55 member states throughout the continent. This particular succeeded the Organisation of African Unity – which originated from the decolonisation struggles of the early 1960s – in 2002.
What exactly did Trump say?
The remarks were allegedly made when lawmakers visited him on Thursday to discuss a bipartisan proposal in which might impose completely new restrictions on immigration yet protect the so-called “Dreamers” – hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the US illegally as children – coming from deportation.
Mr Trump was said to have told them in which instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the US should instead be taking in migrants coming from countries like Norway.
“Why are we having all these people coming from shithole countries come here?” the Washington Post quoted him as saying.
Mr Durbin said in which when Mr Trump was told in which the largest groups of immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) were coming from El Salvador, Honduras along with also Haiti, the president responded: “Haitians? Do we need more Haitians?”
yet in another tweet on Friday the president denied in which he insulted Haitians.
Many US media outlets reported the comments on Thursday, quoting witnesses or people briefed on the meeting. The White House did not deny them.
What has been the political fallout?
- “I cannot believe in which from the history of the White House, in in which Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words in which I personally heard our president speak yesterday,” Mr Durbin told reporters on Friday
- House Speaker Paul Ryan, a top Republican, said the reported comments were “unfortunate” along with also “unhelpful”
- Hillary Clinton, who lost to Mr Trump from the 2016 presidential election, said the country had been subjected to his “ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn’t look like him” along with also noted in which This particular was eight years since Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake
- Republican Senators Tom Cotton along with also David Perdue, of Arkansas along with also Georgia, said in which they could not remember Mr Trump describing countries as “shitholes” from the meeting
- Mia Love, a Utah Republican along with also the only Haitian-American in Congress, demanded an apology coming from Mr Trump for the “unkind, divisive, elitist” comments
- Steve King, a right-wing Republican Congressman coming from Iowa, backed the president in a tweet:
Another Republican Senator who was there, Lindsey Graham, did not deny the comments were made. “Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday. The president along with also all those attending the meeting know what I said along with also how I feel,” he said.
On Friday, Mr Trump ignored press questions about the issue as he signed a proclamation declaring a holiday in honour of civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr – as presidents do every year.
He said Americans were celebrating in which “self-evident truth” in which “no matter what the colour of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God”.
What has been the global reaction?
- Botswana summoned the US ambassador along with also asked the envoy “to clarify if Botswana is usually regarded as a ‘shithole’ country given in which there are Botswana nationals residing from the US”
- UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said the comments, if confirmed, were “shocking along with also shameful”, adding: “I’m sorry yet there is usually no various other word due to This particular yet racist.”
- Haiti’s US Ambassador Paul Altidor told the BBC the idea in which “we’re simply immigrants who come here to take advantage of the US” is usually wrong.