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

Trump's 'shithole' remarks targeted at Hatians, Africans sparks global outrage

South Africa has protested to the U.S. embassy in Pretoria about reported remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump that some immigrants from Africa and Haiti come from "shithole" countries.

The organization said in a statement: "There is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and its people by the current Administration".

The U.S. president reportedly made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday.

Haiti's government said Trump's reported comments shows a "racist view of the Haitian community", while El Salvador sent a formal letter of protest to the United States saying Trump had "implicitly" accepted the use of "harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries".

But he added that the words attributed to him were "not the language used". Indeed Corruption kills", underlined the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, in the introductory chapter of the concept note on the African Union (AU) theme of the year 2018: "Winning the Fight against Corruption: "A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation".

They thanked "the American people from all walks of life and backgrounds who have condemned the remarks" and reaffirmed their commitment "to the values and principles of multilateralism, diversity and equality of nations".

As a result, the Mission said, "there is a serious need for dialogue" between the Trump administration and African countries.

The pan-African grouping represents 55 member states throughout the continent.

Mr. Trump's remarks have also left the small cluster of immigration hard-line groups whose agenda Mr. Trump has embraced scrambling to distance themselves from the president.

Lewis said that Trump had undermined 25 years of African goodwill towards the United States "to essentially give the back of his hand to 49 countries south of the Sahara creates real problems in many ways".

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".

Mr Durbin said that when Mr Trump was told that the largest groups of immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) were from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, the president responded: "Haitians?"

Many Africans reminded the USA of its historic role in the continent's woes. "Our AU Presidents must respond strongly to this insult", Mr. Mahama said in a tweet. The White House did not deny them.

Many US media outlets reported the comments on Thursday, quoting witnesses or people briefed on the meeting.

What has been the political fallout?

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