AU ambassadors demand apology from Trump over 'racist remarks'

Angelica Greene
January 15, 2018

Robert Jackson, the current US ambassador to Ghana, told Ghanaian reporters a year ago the election of Trump would not change the relationship between the United States and African nations.

Trump said on Twitter on Friday that he merely used "tough" language when discussing a new immigration bill with a group of USA senators.

Lawmakers expressed disappointment and disgust, with one declaring the comments counter to the very "essence of American patriotism". He is also a design engineer in the defense industry and a Haitian immigrant who says the portrayal of his country is offensive.

Trump has previously felt backlash over disparaging remarks about immigrants, most notably on the campaign trail when he characterized Mexicans as "rapists" and "criminals".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, was also part of the Oval Office sitdown.

The president of the United States is a racist.

The Associated Press might quote someone calling another a racist, "but would not make the accusation on our own absent incontestable proof", said John Daniszewski, the AP's vice president for standards.

"He will always reject temporary, weak and risky stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway". "In reforming immigration we can not lose these American ideals".

According to the Washington-based news website, AU said that Trump's remarks "dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity".

Trump insisted Friday that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". Dr. Jackson added that President Trump is in ideal health and that he would dissect on further details about the physical exam on Tuesday next week where he said that he would allow reporters and journalists to ask questions about the president's health.

While the president on Friday tried to dial back his comments about countries being "shitholes", Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, among others, said the president's comments were "hate-filled...and he said them repeatedly".

Trump's language triggered a barrage of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. Tom Cotton and David Perdue, said they "do not recall the President saying these comments specifically".

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Shithole countries-like the Black ones. "Our motherland is the most blessed continent that has been raped by imperialists in collaboration with our shitty misleaders for generations", wrote Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi on Twitter.

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On a week during which Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood remembered thousands of Haitian quake victims, racially tinged remarks attributed to America's President brought some to tears.

Brady said the president should recognize this.

On Monday, the department took that same action against immigrants from El Salvador, another country reportedly mentioned at an immigration meeting Thursday. "Do we need more Haitians?" While Trump will never change, GOP leaders should stop enabling him - or America will stop enabling them.

In his message, Mahama referred to speech made by Trump to African leaders at the United Nations in September wherein in which he had praised their nations - but also mistakenly referred to a nonexistent country called "Nambia".

Parsing the President's comments does little to mitigate their damage, critics said.

"Please hold a vigil like we are holding today. No President in the last 100 years has reduced America's moral authority as he has".

The 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks while the southern African state of Botswana hauled in the USA ambassador to complain.

The African group of ambassadors to the United Nations has demanded an apology from Donald Trump, after the USA president reportedly aimed a racist remark at some Caribbean nations and Africa.

"While expressing shock, dismay and outrage, the African Union strongly believes there's a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and its people by the current administration". It's the most lovely continent in the world. His West African nation has always been lauded by the an example of a stable democracy on the continent.

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