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African ambassadors to United Nations call Trump's remark 'outrageous, racist'

14 January 2018

South Africa has protested to the U.S. embassy in Pretoria about reported remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump that some immigrants from Africa and Haiti come from "shithole" countries.

"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.

For instance, a group of African ambassadors to the United Nations issued an extraordinary statement condemning what they termed as "outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks" by President Trump and demanding a retraction and apology.

"There is a serious need for dialogue between the United States administration and the African countries", said the AU statement. "We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful", President Akufo-Addo tweeted on Saturday.

Ambassadors unanimously agreed the resolution after an emergency session to discuss Mr Trump's remarks.

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While Kalondo said the comments were "clearly" racist, she didn't believe they indicated a shift in the U.S. stance towards Africa.

Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU Chairperson Moussa Faki, told AFP that Trump's statement "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice".

She stressed that the United States was "much stronger than the sum total of one man".

Botswana's government on Friday condemned Trump's reported disparaging remarks about developing countries, calling on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union and all other progressive nations across the world to strongly condemn the remarks.

"President Trump, One day, I'll take you to a "s***hole" country called Ghana", wrote Ghanaian Edmond Prime Sarpong on Facebook. "We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries".

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"I am an African and very proud of my continent".

Mr Trump's latest comments provided ample fodder for talk-show hosts.

Mr Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the USA should instead be taking in migrants from countries like Norway.

South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of America's The Daily Show, described himself as an offended citizen of "South Shithole" and also criticised Mr Trump's preferred choice of Norway for immigrants. "And he said them repeatedly".

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African ambassadors to United Nations call Trump's remark 'outrageous, racist'