Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

African Union, African UN envoys demand Trump apology after vulgar comment

African Union, African UN envoys demand Trump apology after vulgar comment

Hillary Clinton accused President Trump of holding "ignorant, racist views" on Friday, after media reports surfaced that the president decried immigration from "shithole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, The Hill reports.

House speaker Paul Ryan described the comments as "unfortunate" and said he had been immediately reminded of his own Irish heritage.

The U.S. president reportedly made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday.

The statement, issued late Friday after the African ambassadors held an emergency meeting, comes amid an worldwide outcry over Trump reportedly saying he'd rather have more immigrants from Norway and fewer from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa. "Because you might learn that people from some of those 'shithole countries" were slaves who were brought by force to help build this country".

Lemon expressed his unsurprised disgust at Trump, reiterating his numerous racist statements and actions, from calling Mexicans "rapists" to defending neo-Nazis in Charlottesville to saying all Haitians have AIDS. Trump had met with the Norwegian prime minister on Wednesday.

In a widely reported conversation this week with lawmakers, Trump referred to African nations and Haiti as "sh**hole" countries.

And since we're also talking about immigration as well, we're hoping the president would take time to meet some of the TPS recipients, to see exactly how much contribution as a community we continue to provide here in this country.

Last fall, the Department of Homeland Security canceled the Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants.

"I find President Trump's reported comments about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries unacceptable and inaccurate", Siplin said.

The president met on Thursday with Senators Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, and Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of IL. Trump denies using the word "shithole" including towards Haiti, which is marking the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake.

Jean, who was born in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and is now secretary general of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, called Trump's reported remarks "insulting".

"Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin", Hatch added.

Harris Rosen, president of Rosen Hotels, said one third of his staff is from Haiti. Trump allegedly said after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question.

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