African Countries Demand President Trump Apology Over 'Shithole' Comment

Mr Trump's reported remarks sparked fury and disbelief

They sparked bipartisan backlash to the president, with many lawmakers calling them un-American or unhelpful.

Lawmakers expressed disappointment and disgust, with one declaring the comments counter to the very "essence of American patriotism".

The intervention of Ghana and Namibia followed a similar tone to strongly worded comments from the African Union and African ambassadors to the United Nations that called the reported remarks xenophobic and racist.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, confirmed the remarks, saying Trump "said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly".

Trump's comments are extremely offensive to South Africa, said Jessie Duarte, a senior official with the ruling African National Congress.

Breaking with longstanding tradition against diagnosing public figures, some psychiatrists have said it is their duty to warn against the President's erratic behaviour.

Namibia on Saturday added its voice to the chorus of complaints, saying the president's language had "no place in diplomatic discourse" and was "contrary to the norms of civility and human progress".

The U.S. Congress just passed a historically unpopular tax bill which overwhelmingly benefits the super-wealthy, but they can not pass gun control legislation favored by 94% of Americans or protections for DREAMers favored by 76% of Americans.

"It's about opening the door wider to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia that will potentially disrupt and destroy the lives of many people", he warned.

"Our nation's strength and the American Dream stem from our immigrant roots and diversity". We all live in the same house, the American house. But it emphasised that such a partnership should be based on mutual respect and accepted global principles of respect of basic human dignity. "They're s***hole countries. We should have more people from Norway". "Our immigration policy should reflect that truth, and our elected officials, including our President, should respect it".


Trump was quoted in the Washington Post as having said: 'Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?' during a discussion about immigration.

Although the President denied he had used such language on Friday, Democratic Sen. Trump denies using the word "shithole" including towards Haiti, which is marking the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake.

The president also has backed a long-shot bill authored by two Republican senators that would sharply cut the number of immigrants allowed into the country and prioritize those who speak English, have a doctorate and have existing job offers.

Mr Trump was not apologetic about his inflammatory remarks and denied he was racist, and instead blamed the media for distorting his meaning, according to his confidant.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighed in, noting that Trump dismissed Haitians on the eve of the eighth anniversary of a deeply destructive quake.

And in an irony that could quite possibly end all future ironies, Clinton used the 8 year anniversary of the tragic quake that devastated the island nation in 2010 to frame her remarks.

Hillary Clinton hit back at her former political opponent Donald Trump, accusing the man who beat her of holding "ignorant, racist" views.

Among those condemning the comments were Hatian-American Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, who called the reported comments "unkind, divisive [and] elitist" and demanded that Trump apologize to Americans and nations he so 'wantonly maligned'.

The U.S. president is only hurting himself both at home and overseas, some Africans said.

Trump's agreement has always been essential to any immigration deal. Sen.

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