US embassy tries to calm Africa's Trump outrage


The UN diplomats met for an emergency session before issuing a joint statement to demand a "retraction and an apology" from the U.S. president.

"For once, we are all on the same page", an ambassador told AFP.

The ambassadors also thanked American citizens "from all walks of life who have condemned the remarks".

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Trump used the word "shithole" during a meeting on immigration reform to refer to African countries and Haiti. "Do we need more Hatians?"' Lindsey Graham, who was also at the meeting, seemed to confirm that report in a statement in which he said "following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".

"I've seen the comments in the press", Durbin continued, referring to reports about the White House meeting that he attended.

Haitians weren't the only people offended by the president's comments. "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as ´shitholes´ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", Colville said. Reacting to Trump's remarks, the African Union continental body said it was "frankly alarmed" by Trump's comments. Ben Cardin said Trump's "comments do not represent America's values".

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The remarks leaked out, transforming a debate about saving from deportation some 700,000 young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children into another drama about Trump himself.

But the government of Haiti - which Friday marked the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake that killed at least 200,000 people - declared itself "outraged and shocked" by the "racist" slur.

According to United States media reports, citing people with knowledge of the conversation, Trump asked during a conversation about immigration: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" "When the question was raised about Haitians, for example, we have a group that have temporary protected status in the United States because they were the victims of crises and disasters and political upheaval".

"In addition to being insulting to us, more importantly it's quite disrespectful and insulting to the people that we're trying to help and the friends and colleagues that we've made there over the last eight years", Furey said in an interview.

"The government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the USA has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years".

Trump took particular issue with the idea that people who had fled to the U.S. after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti would be allowed to stay as part of the deal.