Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

President Trump denies using expletive to describe African countries

President Trump denies using expletive to describe African countries

The government of Botswana summoned the USA 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. But it wasn't what people had hoped for.

Trump reportedly used the word "s**thole" to describe Haiti and El Salvador, as also African countries, while discussing immigration issues with U.S. lawmakers on Thursday. Richard Durbin of IL, the lone Democrat present in the Oval Office at the time, said Trump's denial was false and the president had said things that were "hate-filled, vile and racist".

Trump's comments added uncertainty to already contentious talks about legislation to shield hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation and boost border security measures. "I've never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United States".

Some African governments found themselves in an awkward position. As for Africa, he asked why more people from "shithole countries" should be allowed into the US, the sources said. The Dems will threaten 'shutdown, ' but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most.

The Mission demanded a retraction of the statement and an apology from the USA leader.

Namibia's foreign ministry meanwhile said Trump's language was "contrary to the norms of civility and human progress" and ignored Africans' contributions in the United States.

The United Nations is investigating the USA crisis of extreme poverty.

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. Uganda's state minister for global relations, Henry Okello Oryem, called the remarks "unfortunate and regrettable" and hoped that heads of state will reply at an African Union summit later this month.

Africans of all stripes took to social media.

"Well, that is the ideal definition of racism".

"The point is, if you have a Ph.D., I don't care what country you're from, we want you", Barry Bennett, a former Trump adviser, told The Hill newspaper.

Trump had been quoted as saying during a meeting at the White House earlier in the week, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?"


Trump's comments were "shocking and shameful" and "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist", said a spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, Rupert Colville. It's the most handsome continent in the world. We're better than this, ' Biden tweeted Friday morning. That was the US economy's annual rate of growth from July through September, according to Commerce Department data last month.

"Good morning from the greatest most attractive "sthole country" in the world!"

South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of "The Daily Show", described himself as an offended citizen of "South S***hole" and also criticised Trump's preferred choice of Norway for immigrants. "Take them out." Meaning take them out of the deal.

Trump won 80 percent of the white evangelical vote in the 2016 election. "When you have rebel factions that kill children, disembowel women as saints, who mutilate innocent civilians".

Biden apologized after a 2007 comment where he said of then-Senator Barack Obama: 'I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.

"To believe otherwise is to oppose the very idea of America", he said. Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi tweeted, "Africa isn't a shithole".

The U.S. president is only hurting himself both at home and overseas, some Africans said.

For African-Americans in particular, this latest insult from Trump felt like whiplash.

CARICOM "is deeply disturbed by reports about the use of derogatory and repulsive language by the President of the United States in respect of our member state, Haiti, and other developing countries", the bloc's Guyana-based headquarters said in a statement.

Immigration is one of the issues that Pope Francis, who has strongly defended the rights of developing countries, and Trump have clashed over. We all live in the same house, the American house. In a statement, the Haitian government expressed its shock and outrage.

In 2008, Hillary Clinton, then hoping to become the Democratic presidential candidate, had said that the U.S. could "totally obliterate" Iran, a country with a population of 73 million at the time.

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