All 54 African UN envoys blast Trump's 's--thole' comment as racist

All 54 African UN envoys blast Trump's 's--thole' comment as racist

All 54 African UN envoys blast Trump's 's--thole' comment as racist

US President Donald Trump desperately sought Friday to quell a growing storm triggered by his reported description of African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as "shithole" countries, in a slur denounced as "racist" by the United Nations.

Ghana's president Nana Akufo-Addo called Mr Trump's remark "extremely unfortunate", and said that "we will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful".

He asked lawmakers discussing immigration why the US would take in more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.

His remarks have quickly spread around the world, provoking strong reactions, including those from the United Nations.

The African Union has also said it was alarmed by President Trump's vulgar statement.

Trump tweeted a lukewarm denial early on Friday, maintaining that he used "tough words" but not those reported at the previous day's White House meeting with Republican and Democratic party lawmakers.

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Saturday said Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "shithole countries" was unacceptable, while his predecessor branded the U.S. head of state a racist. We all live in the same house, the American house.

While some of his evangelical backers expressed support for his leadership, other conservative Christians are calling the president racist and that church leaders had a moral imperative to condemn him.

"What Trump is doing has popped up periodically, but in modern times, no president has been so racially insensitive and shown outright disdain for people who aren't white", said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian.

Botswana's Ministry of International Affairs summoned the United States ambassador to complain about Trump's disparaging comments.

"His vision seems to not only be less immigration but more high-skilled", Selee said of Trump, "and that may be the system we're already getting". She spoke up at an event at the White House, as Trump stood beside Isaac Newton Farris, King's nephew, while a group of African-American supporters and members of his administration were on hand in the Roosevelt Room.

Trump's remarks about African countries and Haiti were ripped by 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations on January 13, 2018. I hope today's comments were just a crass and flippant mistake, and do not reflect the hateful racism they imply, ' Bush wrote in a pair of tweets. Jessie Duarte of South Africa's ruling ANC said on Friday: "Ours is not a s***hole country and neither is Haiti or any other country in distress".

Trump's response Friday morning was particularly notable after White House spokesperson Raj Shah did not deny the "shithole" remark on Thursday evening. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, issued a joint statement, saying they did "not recall the president saying those comments specifically".

Trump has denied being racist, labeling himself the "least racist person there is" during his 2016 campaign.

All 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations issued an extraordinary statement saying they were concerned about the "continuing and growing trend from the USA administration towards Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color".

They posted family photos on social media and proudly noted immigrant relatives.

As outrage spread, the USA government's own Africa Media Hub tried to put out the flames. "Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell can not continue to claim ignorance and stay silent as President Trump denigrates allies and does lasting damage to our standing in the world". "I am committed to working with Republicans and Democrats to find common ground so we can move forward". She said, "This behaviour is unacceptable from the leader of our nation" and called on Trump to apologize to the American people "and the nations he so wantonly maligned".