Donald Trump Must Apologise For Comments - African Union

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"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group "shithole countries".

Trump denied in a tweet that he used the controversial language.

Meanwhile government of Botswana has summoned the United States ambassador of its country to express its displeasure at the comments and asked the ambassador to clarify if Botswana "is regarded as a "shithole" country" in lieu of the alleged comments from President Trump.

Senegal followed suit with foreign minister Sidiki Kaba saying the government "firmly condemned the unacceptable remarks which undermine human dignity, especially of Africa and her diaspora".

His comments which also suggested the U.S. should instead focus its immigrant entry policy on countries such as Norway has been criticised by worldwide organisations including the United Nations and African Union, politicians and other Africans and Caribbeans.

Haitians reacted with outrage Friday to reports of Mr. Trump's remarks.

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

Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara said Mr Trump's words were nothing new.

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"I am an African and very proud of my continent".

Even war-torn South Sudan weighed in, with president Salva Kiir's spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny, slamming the comments as "outrageous".

"It is thanks to our African leaders that we are insulted that way", she said.

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

Botswana calls on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union and all other progressive nations across the world to strongly condemn the remarks made by President Trump.

Addressing the media ahead of the ANC's January 8 statement in East London, deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte described Trump's comments as "unfortunate".

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

The US has about a little over 6,000 forces in Africa in about 53 different countries, where they focus on countering extremist groups and illicit activity, as well as peacekeeping, humanitarian aid and disaster response.

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