African countries demand Trump's apology over 'racial' slur

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Andrew Young was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations during President Jimmy Carter's administration.

At their Oval Office meeting, two sources said, Trump questioned the value of taking immigrants from Haiti and African nations, and referred to them as "shithole countries".

Trump denied on Friday using such derogatory language, but he was widely condemned in many African countries and in Haiti and El Salvador, and by worldwide rights organisations.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the only Democrat at the meeting with Trump, confirmed the vulgar comments, telling reporters the president said "things that were hate-filled, vile and racist". Trump said during a bipartisan meeting on immigration earlier this week, according to multiple people in the room.

Trump could not have been clearer about who is welcome in his America and who is not.

Once it was clear by mid-afternoon on Thursday that Trump was not going to support the bipartisan deal, the group led by Durbin and Graham issued a terse statement.

After an emergency session to discuss Mr Trump's remarks, a group of 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations said it was concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the USA administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour.

Whoa. I've never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United States.


President Nana Addo's comments came hours after former President Mahama described President Trump as racist for his remarks.

Trump's latest comments also provided ample fodder for talkshow hosts. The country suffered trade embargoes in the wake of independence from powers including the United States, anxious the freed slaves would spark revolt elsewhere.

Notably, Trump has been calling for merit-based immigration, of which people from countries like India could be a major beneficiary. "Great opportunity missed. Too bad!" Yesterday he denied using that language. "I expect that our assistance programmes would continue pretty much as they are", Jackson told Joy News.

Haitians' TPS had been continually renewed since then, but in May, then-DHS head and now Trump chief of staff John Kelly announced that their status, which was coming up again for renewal in July, would only be renewed for six months and reevaluated in November... "On January 12, 2010 (they) are alive with us", he said.

Mia Love, a Utah congresswoman of Haitian descent, called them "unkind" and "divisive" while South Carolina's Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, said if Trump really did use those words, it would be "disappointing". "Certainly journalists don't talk that way".

Trump has called himself the "least racist person that you've ever met". I want safety and security for our people.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump said, apparently referring to the remarks quoted by The Washington Post and The New York Times.

On Friday evening, the U.S. ambassador to Britain hit back at Mr Trump for claiming the USA embassy's move out of central London was a bad deal.

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