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

Trump language on Africa unacceptable, racist, says Ghana

Trump language on Africa unacceptable, racist, says Ghana

Trump's comments were allegedly made on Thursday at a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.

During the televised meeting, Trump spoke of wanting a "bill of love" and appeared to endorse a "clean DACA" legislation sought by Democrats.

"I think it's going to go very well", he said, adding that he would be "surprised if it doesn't".

After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the group said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the United States administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color".

President Trump's remarks about African countries and Haiti drew condemnation from a group of African ambassadors to the United Nations who called them "outrageous, racist and xenophobic" and demanded a retraction and apology.

"We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful", Afuko-Addo's tweet also said.

The reported language was the latest in a long string of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim comments by Trump that have been condemned as racist.

Where someone is born will never determine whether they deserve dignity.

House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer said: "President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace".

The administration announced previous year that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed almost 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the USA following a devastating 2010 natural disaster.

The White House has dismissed questions about Trump's mental fitness, calling them "disgraceful and laughable".

According to a Democrat Senator, Dick Durbin, Trump, during a meeting at the White House to consider migrant policies, said, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

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The church says they have been working with refugees in Haiti since the island was struck by a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster that killed more than 220,000 people in 2010.

Dick Durbin, the Senate' s number two Democrat, said people who would be allowed to stay in the United States under the deal included those who had fled disasters in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti. "The task of recognizing changes in memory, thinking and other cognitive functions and distinguishing whether such symptoms are due to normal aging or are signs of early dementia is not an easy one", she said.

"These type of statements do not help in enforcing the relationship between Haiti and the U.S.".

The furor lent new significance to already planned remarks Friday by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to staff at the State Department in which he stressed that "values matter".

Samantha Power, who served as USA ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama, shared the ambassadors' statement on Twitter. "There is just so much dissension in this country right now", one church member said. Many have children who were born in the States and have U.S. citizenship.

The diplomats were encouraged to assure host governments that the "US has great respect for the people of Africa and all nations, and our commitment remains strong".

Larrieux, one of the more than 20,000 Haitian TPS recipients in South Florida who now faces deportation, said she had given candidate Trump the benefit of the doubt.

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