"The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", the African Union mission to the United States said in a blistering statement. Botswana's foreign ministry earlier summoned the US ambassador in protest.
"I've never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United States".
The African Union said Friday that President Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "sh*hole countries" broke with "accepted behaviour" and was "extremely upsetting".
Trump denied in a tweet that he used the controversial language.
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On Friday, the American president tweeted that the language which he used during the meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration legislation, has been "tough" but he added that the words used against him, were "not the language used". "And he said them repeatedly".
Addressing the media ahead of the ANC's January 8 statement in East London, deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte described Trump's comments as "unfortunate". At least one more African leader spoke up on Saturday.
Trump spent Thursday evening making a flurry of calls to friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to the tempest, said the confidant.
Botswana's government on Friday condemned Trump's reported disparaging remarks about developing countries, calling on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union and all other progressive nations across the world to strongly condemn the remarks.
'Extremely offensive': Africans outraged over 'racist' Trump remarks
His remarks have quickly spread around the world, provoking strong reactions, including those from the United Nations. As for Africa, he asked why more people from "shithole countries" should be allowed into the USA , the sources said.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful. After an emergency meeting today at UN, Africa group says it "is extremely appalled at...outrageous and xenophobic remarks" attributed to Trump and "demands a retraction and an apology".
It further called for the US President to issue an apology for the hurtful remarks not only to Africans but people of African descent across the globe.
The remarks were allegedly made when lawmakers visited him on Thursday to discuss a bipartisan proposal that would impose new restrictions on immigration but protect the so-called "Dreamers" - hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children - from deportation.
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