The African Union (AU) on Friday condemned the "hurtful" and "disturbing" remarks made the day before by U.S. President Donald Trump against Haiti and African nations, which he called "shithole countries" in statements reported by the media.
USA diplomats serving in Haiti and African countries have been briefed to convey Washington's respect if they are summoned to explain President Donald Trump's alleged insults.
Trump tweeted Friday that reports about what he said were inaccurate but did not specify how.More news: President Trump Thinks Interview With Mueller Amid Russia Probe Unlikely
"Many people have been surprised from what they heard from Trump, but not me", said Syverain, a member of the Haitian American Community Church in San Jose. "It is not true". "People come here because they're trying to improve their lives, not make it worse", she said.
"Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent Trump critic, said the president's comment "smacks of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy".
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"The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the USA has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years", wrote the Botswana Ministry of International Affairs in a statement.
Spokesmen for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for clarification Friday. The administration also recently ended protections for El Salvador, Nicaragua and Sudan, among others. He pointed to Trump's 2015 comments on Mexican immigrants, who Trump said are "rapists" and bringing drugs and crimes to the U.S.
Stephen Colbert said that President Trump is an unstable leader. "Probably should record future meetings". I was very proud of him, it took courage for what he did. Henrik Heldahl, a commentator for the Norwegian political website Amerikansk Politikk, told the Associated Press that the sentiment would have been more welcomed if Trump used less coarse language for Haiti and African countries. The world is witnessing a new low today with this #Sh*tholeNations remark! totally unacceptable! uncalled for moreover it shows a lack a respect and IGNORANCE never seen before in the recent history of the U.S. by any President! "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States". The Dems will threaten "shutdown" (of the government), but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most.More news: Has $70.42 Million Position in Nike Inc (NKE)