Botswana demands clarification on Trump's 'shithole' remarks; Summon US ambassador


Former President John Mahama has described United States president Donald Trump as a racist and a white supremacist following some demeaning remarks he reportedly made against African countries.

The 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks yesterday, while a statement from ambassadors of all countries from the continent at the United Nations demanded a retraction and apology.

When word got out, Trump rose to his own defense immediately, tweeting: "The language used by me in the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". He's also the person who was caught on tape boasting that "when you're a star", women let you "grab them by the pussy". "A racist is a racist in all sense of the word".

"I think it's going to go very well", the president earlier predicted.

But Norwegians and their Scandinavian cousins on Twitter made a decision to mock Mr Trump and America itself instead by asking why they would want to go to a country without free healthcare and rampant gun crime. But to some of us, the mainstream media's treatment of these words as the sort of thing that merited a raised eyebrow and a shrug only underscored a harsh reality: more people in America thought just like Trump than the mostly-white media elite knew, and he was exploiting it.

In a statement on Friday, Graham reiterated standard pro-immigration, pro-amnesty talking points, claiming he almost reprimanded Trump after he allegedly made the comment.

Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group "shithole countries".

Trump ended the Obama-era DACA last fall, and is not negotiating with Congress over legislation that would replace the Obama-era program, which allows certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to work and live in the United Sates.

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"Why are we having all these people from sh**hole countries come here?" "Do we need more Hatians?"'

Retired Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselasse, who won his first 10,000 Olympic gold medal in the USA city of Atlanta in 1996, told Reuters Trump's comments did not reflect the views of all Americans.

Some Nigerians did not hold back, with many on Twitter saying their country was a "shithole", but that it was "our shithole" to criticise. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, said they "do not recall" Trump's derogatory comments about Africa. He said Haiti's government had summoned a U.S. official to explain Trump's remarks.

"Unless it was specifically said about South Sudan, we have nothing to say", South Sudan government spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told the AP.

However Juba businesswoman Jenny Jore, 31, told AFP that Trump's remarks were "on point".

The Post said that Trump rejected a bipartisan bill that would have restored protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and a handful of African countries.

Trump's latest comments provided ample fodder for talk- show hosts.

The group's mission in Washington DC expressed its "shock, dismay and outrage" and said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans.