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US President's 'shithole' remark: Outrage erupted across Africa

US President's 'shithole' remark: Outrage erupted across Africa

The statement the African ambassadors issued expresses concern over the Trump administration's apparent increasing denigration of Africa "and people of color".

As a result, the Mission said, "there is a serious need for dialogue" between the Trump administration and African countries.

Many of those troops are based at a United States base in the East African country of Djibouti.

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

The outcry over Trump's remarks dominated news coverage on Friday and has complicated efforts to reach a deal on immigration.

Meanwhile government of Botswana has summoned the U.S. ambassador of its country to express its displeasure at the comments and asked the ambassador to clarify if Botswana "is regarded as a "shithole" country" in lieu of the alleged comments from President Trump.

Reacting to the remarks made by Trump, Rupert Colville, spokesman of the United Nations human rights office, said: "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as shitholes ..." "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries".

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Haiti's government said Trump's reported comments shows a "racist view of the Haitian community", while El Salvador sent a formal letter of protest to the United States saying Trump had "implicitly" accepted the use of "harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries".

"First stop would be Osu Castle, Elmina Castle, and the over 40 Forts that detained about 30 million slaves, beaten and shipped out like sardine cans and then I will tell you the history of Africa and why people like you made that a "s***hole" continent". We are certainly not a "shithole country".

Botswana calls on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union and all other progressive nations across the world to strongly condemn the remarks made by President Trump.

"Please don't confuse the #s***hole leaders we Africans elect with our attractive continent ..."

Lewis said that Trump had undermined 25 years of African goodwill towards the United States "to essentially give the back of his hand to 49 countries south of the Sahara creates real problems in many ways".

Mr Trump's latest comments provided ample fodder for talk-show hosts. "And he said them repeatedly".

The US Embassy in Accra, Ghana also took to twitter to reaffirm America's reverence for Africans.


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