Donald Trump must apologise for comments - African Union

Donald Trump must apologise for comments - African Union

Trump denies using the term.

Last October, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who is a member of the president's Republican Party, told reporters that Trump's behavior had raised issues about his "leadership, and just his stability, and the lack of desire to be competent on issues and understand".

Amid the furore the president criticized the immigration proposal.

In 2016, in response to a question about then-candidate Trump's views on immigration and his intention to build a wall along the United States border with Mexico, Francis said a man with such views was "not Christian".

The reference was to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields from deportation almost 800,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

In Trump's second tweet, he blamed Democrats for "doing nothing" to reach a deal on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

President Trump is denying reports, from NPR and other news outlets, that in a Thursday meeting at the White House, he disparaged African nations as "shithole countries" and questioned why the United States would admit immigrants from them and other nations, like Haiti.

In a series of tweets on Friday morning, Trump said the language used by him at the meeting was "tough, but this was not the language used", stressing that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians". That's due in part to some revealing commentary about his eating habits, outlined in news stories over the previous year - and more recently in the book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House". He also blamed "both sides" after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent.

But the president has to know that even if video footage of the comment existed, there wouldn't be any political consequences for him.

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In Geneva, the United Nations human rights office said the "racist" remarks would incite xenophobia.

Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara, said that Trump's words were nothing new from a "racist and ignorant" administration, nor from the West at large.

In a dramatic turn, the United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville criticised Trump's alleged comments, saying it "encouraged racism and xenophobia".

The African Union has also said it was alarmed by President Trump's vulgar statement. Social media users across the continent posted images of modern skylines and attractive nature from their countries with the hashtag "shithole".

Haiti's ambassador to Washington, Paul Altidor, said it was distressing that attention was drawn to the comments on the anniversary and day of remembrance for about 220,000 people killed on the island by the quake.

Haiti's ambassador in Washington has also asked for an apology, as Trump reportedly specifically questioned the protections granted to Haitian immigrants after the natural disaster.

"Unless it was specifically said about South Sudan, we have nothing to say", South Sudan government spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny told AP.

He reportedly asked, according to the Washington Post, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

"On behalf of Norway: Thanks, but no thanks", tweeted Torbjoern Saetre, a politician representing Norway's Conservative Party in a municipality near Oslo.

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