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South Africa protests to U.S. embassy over Trump "shithole" remark

17 January 2018

The African Union demanded an apology, and African diplomats at the United Nations said the comments were "outrageous, racist and xenophobic".

Trump was widely condemned by many African countries and by global rights organisations for the comments.

South African politicians have reacted with disbelief regarding the remarks. "Africa is united in its affirmation of the dignity of the people of Africa and the African diaspora".

The US Embassy and its top diplomat responded by saying, "there has been no change in the United States" dedication to our partners across the Continent" and that "the United States deeply respects the people of Africa and ...

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South African foreign ministry officials met the U.S. chargé d'affaires and other U.S. Embassy officials in the capital to express South African concerns about Trump's reported comments, the ministry said in a statement.

Instead, Monyela said on Monday evening after the meeting concluded, that the partnership between the US and South Africa, and other African countries, remains intact.

Similar statements and reassurances were issued by US diplomats across the continent, and by the State Department's bureau of African affairs, as Washington tried to undo the damage to its relations with a region that it increasingly relies upon for military and business co-operation.

"In the spirit of the people of Haiti we feel in the statements, if they were made, the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people", he said in a statement. The State Department is expecting more diplomats to be called in this week, Goldstein said.The "President has the right to make whatever remarks he wants and we respect the President", Goldstein said, but he noted that diplomats had been instructed to "reaffirm that the USA remains committed to its relationships with these countries and cares deeply about their people."They will have to work extra hard to send that message right now, but that's part of their responsibility".

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Trump reportedly said the US should allow in more people from places such as Norway.

"It's a decapitation of US diplomacy", he said. It said the comments showed that the Trump administration had a "huge misunderstanding of the African continent", and it demanded a US apology to all people of African descent worldwide.

In a statement on the Monday summons, the South African government referred to Trump's comments as "disturbing" and said that while Trump has tweeted a denial, it "was not categorical". The United States has a big number of African people in a diversity of professions that do not fit the despicable description used by the US President.

In a separate statement, African ambassadors to the United Nations said the comments were part of a "growing trend" by the Trump administration to "denigrate" the African continent and people of colour.

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South Africa protests to U.S. embassy over Trump