African Union: Trump 's***hole' remarks dishonor 'American creed'

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Interestingly, this comes after he reportedly referred to the immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as "s--holes", in an immigration meeting at the White House earlier.

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

"Why are we having all these people from s***thole countries come here?" Before Trump, the most prominent one was Alabama Sen. "The reported comments are not helpful".

Mr Trump has denied using that language, but others present said that he did.

Trump scrapped an Obama-era program that gave the 800,000 young immigrants legal protection, setting a March deadline for Congress to offer a fix - though it has been reinstated by a court, for now.

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"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", said Raj Shah, the Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary without directly referring to Trump's comments. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. He added the country "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".

Still others said Mr Trump may have had a point, citing the endemic corruption, public health challenges and poverty in many African nations.

El Salvador slammed them as "deplorable". "Folks, the United States would not be almost as successful today had we not embraced the ingenuity, passion, and tenacity of immigrants searching for a better life for themselves and their families".

"The exact word used by the president, not just once but repeatedly", the senator said.

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville.

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Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez called Trump "a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution".

In a statement it said it had asked the USA government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there.

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

MS EBBA KALONDO, spokeswoman for African union chief Moussa Faki.

AU Spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo pointed out the United States role in the Atlantic slave trade as an example of how African countries, Trump described in contemptuous terms, were exploited in a shameful manner. And, I'm sure he wishes he could take it back, and he'll have more to say about it.

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The government of Rwanda says it regrets to have heard what it calls "painful comments" from US President Donald Trump targeting some African countries.

This is not the first time Trump has rubbed Africans up the wrong way - he was widely derided past year after he twice referred to Namibia as "Nambia". Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin'.

"Do we need more Hatians?"' You get what I'm saying? But Andrew Selee, president of the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute in Washington, said recent data suggest the current system may be headed there already: Since 2011, 48 per cent of all new legal immigrants have possessed college degrees, well above the 33 per cent of USA residents with them.

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