Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

'Outrage': S Africa says it should formally protest Trump's remarks

'Outrage': S Africa says it should formally protest Trump's remarks

Mr. Trump is widely reported to have described African countries as "shithole" countries in an immigration meeting with US senators last week. Trump reportedly said, before suggesting that the US bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.

The United States itself has its own problems such as unemployment among millions of people, inequality and non-access to healthcare for many poor people, Duarte said.

The African Union, representing all 55 African countries, Saturday that Trump apologize for the remarks.

The US Embassy and its top diplomat responded by saying, "there has been no change in the United States" dedication to our partners across the Continent" and that "the United States deeply respects the people of Africa and ... "We look forward to continuing to move forward in this relationship and remain focused on accomplishing our shared goals". The governments of Namibia and Botswana have also condemned the comments.

"One of the great things about being president is that you can say whatever you want", Under Secretary of State Steven Goldstein said in an interview. A senior official from Somalia, also on the U.S. list of TPS nations, told CNN that Trump's comments were unworthy of a response."It sounds like fake news to me", Somali Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman said by phone from Mogadishu. The president during the Oval Office meeting singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that Haitian immigrants must be left out of any deal, according to people briefed on the meeting.

In a separate statement, African ambassadors to the United Nations said the comments were part of a "growing trend" by the Trump administration to "denigrate" the African continent and people of colour.

The African Union (AU) issued a statement on Friday evening calling Trump's reported remarks outrageous and hurtful.

He concluded that; "US Visa Lottery as an American diversification program, has enabled Africans, Asians, Arabs, Latinos and other people around the world to seek greener pastures and also contribute towards the development of the US and, therefore, they do not deserve such distasteful descriptions by President Trump". He has denied making the statements, as well as the ensuing accusations that he is racist.

"It's always been a foreign policy priority of our government to fight for the respect and dignity of our countrymen independent of their immigration status", he said.

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