AU Demands Apology from Trump over 'Racist Remarks'
AU Demands Apology from Trump over 'Racist Remarks'
World leaders slam Trump's 's—hole countries' remarks: 'Offensive,' 'shocking,' 'shameful'
14 January, 2018, 15:16
He is even backed by two Republicans, who were at the white house meeting.
"I don't think this will just blow over", said Peter Lewis, director of African Studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.
The African Union, a group representing the continent's countries, and African ambassadors to the United Nations sharply denounced US President Donald Trump's reference to African nations as "s***holes" and called on him to retract his statement and apologize.
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.
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AU Spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo pointed out the U.S. role in the Atlantic slave trade as an example of how African countries, Trump described in contemptuous terms, were exploited in a shameful manner.
But Mr Trump has denied using the language reported.
Many of those troops are based at a United States base in the East African country of Djibouti. The Associated Press, however, reported that Trump privately defended the alleged comment, arguing it wasn't racist but "straightforward".
"The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are shithole countries is extremely unfortunate".
"The African Union condemns the comments in the strongest terms and demands a retraction of the comment as well as an apology to not only Africans but to all people of African descent around the globe", it said.
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".
The president of Ghana tweeted Friday morning: "We are certainly not a 'shithole country.' We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful".
In South Africa, the ruling African National Congress party declared "ours is not a s***hole country" and described Mr Trump as "extremely offensive". The US Military also carries out training and advisory missions in other African countries, with hundreds of troops performing that mission in Niger and Somalia.
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