Africa calls Trump racist after 'shithole' remark

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Africans woke up Friday to find U.S. President Donald Trump had finally taken an interest in their continent - but not in the way they had wanted. In response to the reports, Trump tweeted that his language was "tough, but this was not the language used".

But Sen. Dick Durbin also said that South Carolina Sen.

A day after President Donald Trump reportedly made highly incendiary comments about immigrants and African countries, two Republican senators said they don't recall those vulgar characterizations from the President.

The remarks, which where confirmed by Sen.

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.

During the meeting, Trump questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa rather than places like Norway. The paper said he was referring to African countries and Haiti.

American news media reported on Thursday that Trump used the term at talks on a US immigration policy known as DACA.

United Nations official Rupert Colville added "These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States".

Trump on Friday denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". Trump said he was only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a person who spoke to the president as criticism of his comments ricocheted around the globe.


The government in Botswana called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist".

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes" whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, told reporters in Geneva. "He said these hateful things and he said them repeatedly". It favors African countries and was part of an immigration deal Trump was negotiating with a group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers Thursday when he made his explosive comments.

Botswana summoned the USA ambassador to the country to "clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country", according to a foreign ministry statement calling Trump's comments "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist".

As you are probably aware, President Trump apparently made some controversial comments in a recent White House meeting in the Oval Office.

Trump is anathema to time-honored American values that foster a melting pot of cultures, skills and religions, that welcome refugees.

"Why do we need more Haitians?"

"I've said all along the president many times says what people are thinking", Republican Rep. Jim Renacci, a candidate for Senate in OH, told Fox News.

Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" after triggering global outrage. It's not how a president should behave.

Mr. Durbin said he and a small group of senators from both parties still intend to put forward their compromise bill next week, but he intimated that any future progress would have to come from Congress, not the President. Or does the GOP share the president's disdain for immigrants of color - "bad hombres" - and yearn for more Norwegians? "We're better than this", Biden tweeted on Friday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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