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

AU demands apology from Trump over 'shithole' comment

AU demands apology from Trump over 'shithole' comment

Inside the White House, staffers were largely unfazed, even as the political and diplomatic fallout mounted.

Trump's contemptuous description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges of racism.

President Trump does not represent them.

African UN ambassadors and the African Union have called for "a retraction and an apology" from Donald Trump after the USA president reportedly described them as "s***hole" countries.

In their statement, the African ambassadors said they were concerned "about the continuing and growing trend from the U.S. administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color". After an emergency mtng today @UN, Africa group says it "is extremely appalled at.outrageous & xenophobic remarks" attributed to Trump & "demands a retraction and an apology".

Trump is under fire for reportedly using an expletive to describe African nations during a meeting with seven lawmakers discussing immigration.

And some of Trump's allies, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, also expressed dismay. The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.

DACA shields almost 800,000 young immigrants from deportation by allowing them to work and study legally in the United States. The POTUS clearly made a distinction between white and non-white countries and admitted he preferred people hailing from the former. "Great opportunity missed. Too bad!" I want safety and security for our people.

The US government should remember the good deeds of Salvadorans, such as "their contribution to the reconstruction of the Pentagon after the awful terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as their efforts during reconstruction of New Orleans after devastating hurricane Katrina,"states the official note of protest issued by El Salvador's government". While some congressional Republicans from NY unequivocally criticized Trump, others have taken his vague semi-denials at face value.

The doctor who conducted President Donald Trump's annual check-up said Friday the president was in "excellent health" and his physical exam earlier in the afternoon "went exceptionally well".

"There is no other word one can use but "racist", he told reporters at a briefing in Geneva. "Certainly journalists don't talk that way". The president then suggested that the United States should "bring more people from countries like Norway".

As a candidate for President, Trump promised to make American "respected in the world again".

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