The 55-country African Union (AU) has demanded that United States president Donald Trump apologise for saying the USA should not accept immigrants from "shithole" African nations like Haiti, The Hill reported on Saturday (Jan 13).
President Donald Trump spent Thursday night making a flurry of phone calls to friends and advisers - denying he was racist but defending his disparaging comments about Haitians and African countries - as something many people think, but won't say.
On Thursday, Trump was in a private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration when those who attended said he questioned why the USA would accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.
In addition, the president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, these people said. "Do we need more Haitians?"
The statement the African ambassadors issued expresses concern over the Trump administration's apparent increasing denigration of Africa "and people of color".More news: Boeing Unveils New Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicle Prototype
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Mr Trump also denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". He went on to criticize the immigration deal, saying: "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!". Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of IL, who was present at the meeting, said the reports were accurate and that "shithole was the exact word used once not twice but repeatedly".
Jean, who was born in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and is now secretary general of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, called Trump's reported remarks "insulting".
She adds that "we believe that a statement like this hurts our shared global values on diversity, human rights and reciprocal understanding".
"(The President) said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist.
"Apparently he and I are the only two people that use a few curse words here and there", Scaramucci wrote on Twitter.
In a response labelled by global media as damage control, Mr Trump has denied using derogatory words but admitted his language was "tough". These are folks who bring a different aspect to temporary protected status than Central American countries.