Trump’s ‘Shithole’ Comment: AU Demands Apology

The African Union Mission in Washington DC has condemned Donald Trump’s offensive statement made about Africa and Haiti.

In a statement released on Friday, 12 July, 2018, the AU mission expressed “shock” and “dismay” with the utterance of the United States president and demanded a retraction and an apology to Africans.

“The African Union Mission condemns the comments in the strongest terms and demands a retraction of the comment as well as an apology to not only the Africans but to all people of African descent around the globe,” the statement said.

Mr Trump described El Salvador, Haiti and certain African nations as “shithole” while discussing immigration with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House on Thursday, 11 January, 2018.

Trump is quoted to have said: “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They’re shithole countries … We should have more people from Norway” after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from those countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.

Trump has since denied using such vulgar language, tweeting that: “the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”

Meanwhile, Former Ghanaian leader John Mahama has said the comment by Trump betrays his racist agenda to make America a white-only country and has urged leaders of African Union countries to respond to the American leader as Botswana has done.

Botswana’s Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation called on the US’s ambassador to Botswana “to express its displeasure at the alleged utterances made by the President of the US.”

The ministry also asked the ambassador to clarify whether the US regarded Botswana as a “shithole” country, adding that Trump’s comments were “highly irresponsible, reprehensible, and racist.”

Source: Ghana/ClassFM