U.S. President Donald Trump listens as South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a statement from the Rose Garden after meetings at the White House - Reuters
CAIRO - 14 January 2018: On Friday, a group of 54 African countries, including Egypt,demanded that U.S. President Donald Trump apologize for his alleged denunciation of immigration from “shithole” nations.
It was reported that Trump demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from "shithole countries", after lawmakers raised the issue of protection for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.
In a series of tweets on Friday morning, Trump insisted that, "this was not the language used." But a U.S. senator attendingthe meeting said the president repeatedly called the countries "shitholes."
After his comments, a group of African ambassadors to the United Nations held an emergency session, lasting for four hours, toconsiderTrump's remarks.They stated that they were "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the U.S. administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color."
The African ambassadors expressed their solidarity with the people of Haiti and other countries that wereaddressed in Trump's comments; they also expressed their appreciation forthe American citizens who condemned these statements.
Spokeswoman EbbaKalondo was quoted as saying: “Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, [PresidentTrump’s] statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice,” according to the Independent.
“This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity,” She continued.
Both Botswana and Senegal have called on their U.S. ambassadors to express their "displeasure" with Trump's "racist" statements. Haiti, Cuba and Venezuela also condemned Trump's statements.
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