"The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", the African Union mission to the United States said in a blistering statement.
The 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks yesterday, while a statement from ambassadors of all countries from the continent at the United Nations demanded a retraction and apology.
With Friday being the eight year anniversary of the catastrophic natural disaster in Haiti, Jacques says it brings the conversation full circle - knowing many link those images of destruction and devastation, labeling the country, but he says it won't limit them. "I don't get that", said No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas. "But, if you're saying somebody's from a s--hole country, to me it doesn't make sense".
The statement said Gaborone had sought clarification on whether "Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the US".More news: Institutional Investors Are Dumping Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS)
"Botswana government is wondering why Trump use such kind of disruptor as well as derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the U.S. has had cordial and mutual bilateral relations for so many years", reads part of the statement. He's said to have questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s--hole countries" in Africa.
Trump's remarks were remarkable even by the standards of a president who has been accused of racism by his foes and who has routinely smashed through public decorum that his modern predecessors have generally embraced. After all, this is the president who kicked off his campaign by claiming that Mexico was sending "rapists" to the United States.
Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as "shithole countries". "We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries". "Do we need more Hatians?"'
Some Nigerians however did not hold back, with many on Twitter saying their country was a "s***hole", but that it was "our s***hole" to criticise.
"Unless it was specifically said about South Sudan, we have nothing to say", South Sudan government spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told the AP. I never said, 'take them out.' This was made up by Democrats.More news: Jose Mourinho gives injury update of Zlatan Ibrahimovic
"It is thanks to our African leaders that we are insulted that way", she said.
Trump's immigration policy plan was, is and always will be the same: to limit immigration from countries where the majority of the citizens are not white.
Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" monologue also took on Trump's latest controversy.
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