African ambassadors condemn Trump remarks as 'racist'

Leslie Hanson
January 13, 2018

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo tells The Associated Press.

Haitians across the world are expressing anger and upset over President Trump's comments that their island nation is a "shithole". Trump now claims he only used "tough" language about this deal, but in light of those comments, his actual policy stance confirms the broader point: Trump is, in fact, rejecting the deal because it lets in too many people from what he thinks are "shithole countries", or lets too many of them remain.

Bornstein had said in a December 2015 letter: "If elected, Mr Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".

Trump also denied saying "anything derogatory" about Haitians.

One Democratic lawmaker says that Republicans need to loudly denounce the disparaging remarks President Donald Trump allegedly made about Haiti and African countries.

During the 2016 primaries, a Public Religion Research Institute poll found that 64 percent of Trump supporters agreed with the statement, "It bothers me when I come in contact with immigrants who speak little or no English", a figure much higher than for supporters of any of the other Republican candidates.

Penn ended his essay with a call for unity, describing Trump's White House as "an enemy of the state". Some of his actions leading up to this year's federal holiday honoring King's birth seemed to be an attempt to live up to that.

Trump stood beside Isaac Newton Farris, King's nephew, while a group of about 20 African-American supporters and members of his administration were on hand in the Roosevelt Room, including Ben Carson, his Housing and Urban Development secretary. Trump didn't answer this or any other question shouted by reporters about his remarks.


The program, known by its initials DACA, protects from deportation between 700,000 and 800,000 young people illegally brought to the United States as children.

But Trump on Friday insisted the reports were inaccurate.

Trump has falsely claimed that other countries use the diversity visa lottery to send their "worst people" to the U.S.

A White House statement issued Thursday notably did not deny that Trump used the vulgarity to refer to African countries, but on Friday morning, Trump shifted gears.

But Illinois senator Dick Durbin, who was present at the Oval Office meeting, said "shitholes" was "the exact word used by the president not just once but repeatedly".

Meanwhile, Botswana has summoned U.S. ambassador to express displeasure at the "highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist" comments by Trump.

The book, which has sparked sharp criticisms among Trump's opponents and the White House, suggested that the US president was mentally unfit and also heavily criticised the Trump's presidency. Haitian Americans interviewed about the president's remarks said the comments diminish their roots, their families' sacrifices and their accomplishments in this country.

The United Nations human rights office called the reported comments "shocking and shameful". "Because if it wasn't, it would mean we voted for a racist, like a real one".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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