Trump's 's**thole' remark draws outrage in Africa

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President Akufo-Addo tweeted that Trump's reported language was "extremely unfortunate", adding: "We are certainly not "a sh**hole country".

Trump spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction, said the confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation.

"The anniversary of the devastating natural disaster 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America's commitment to helping our neighbors", Ms Clinton tweeted.

In the current case of Haiti and certain African countries, where United States immigration policy is taking its cue from Trumps ignorant and racist opinions, Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the Caribbean have an acute responsibility to denounce Trumps vile language and well-documented attitudes. "The president has the same right to privacy as you or I would if we went to get a physical".

Ghana's former president John Dramani Mahama, whom Akufo-Addo defeated in elections just a month after Trump's own win at the polls, on Twitter asked: "Isn't Trump demonstrating that he's nothing but a racist and pursuing a policy of "Make America White Again"?"

"It is thanks to our African leaders that we are insulted that way", she said.

"Donald Trump had already made his bias against Haitians clear, having ended Temporary Protected Status for Haitians previous year and reportedly making deeply insulting comments about the Haitian people that play into decades of hateful stereotypes", Williams added.

Where someone is born will never determine whether they deserve dignity.


A group of African ambassadors at the United Nations also issued a statement Friday that condemned the "outrageous, racist and xenophobic" remarks by the president.

'Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?' Trump said, according to two people who were briefed on the meeting and then leaked the comment to The Washington Post.

On Friday, Trump tweeted: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. There is a serious need for dialogue between the U.S. administration and the African countries", said the AU statement.

Haiti's government said Trump's reported comments shows a "racist view of the Haitian community", while El Salvador sent a formal letter of protest to the United States saying Trump had "implicitly" accepted the use of "harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries".

But some comics stopped joking.

In South Florida, scores of Haitians turned out Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.1 magnitude quake that struck their homeland on January 12, 2010, killing as many as 300,000 people. The Trump administration is ending those protections for people from Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and suggested it will do the same for Hondurans. "This is a freak show", she said. This does nothing for the proof of his "wonderful relationship" with Haiti, unfortunately.

The furor lent new significance to already planned remarks Friday by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to staff at the State Department in which he stressed that "values matter". Jackson, who also provided care for President Barack Obama and became a White House physician in 2006, is expected to provide a detailed readout of the exam on Tuesday and answer questions from reporters.

The diplomats were encouraged to assure host governments that the "US has great respect for the people of Africa and all nations, and our commitment remains strong".

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