Trump's 'shithole' remarks targeted at Hatians, Africans sparks global outrage

Yesterday, President Trump used vulgar language to reject an immigration bill, asking why the USA would take in more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.

Speaking to Chinese news agency Xinhua, Abebe Ayente, senior researcher at Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies (EFRSS), a local think tank, said the comments of US President will further reduce the influence of United States on the global stage.

Mr Trump on Friday tweeted that his language he used at the private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration legislation had been "tough".

Several African leaders, ambassadors and different dignitaries have expressed shock and pain following President Trump's comments.

Ayene said the undiplomatic word used by the US President that shocked the diplomatic community across the globe will likely have a long-lasting impact.

The body has since issued a statement calling for the United States leader to apologise for the remarks.

Trump's alleged description of some nations on the continent as "shithole countries" has not sat well with many, including a number of world leaders who have called on Mr. Trump to retract his comments and issue an apology.

Nevertheless, aware the United States is still a powerful military and economic power, the AU statement called for the continued strategic partnership with the US.

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They thanked "the American people from all walks of life and backgrounds who have condemned the remarks" and reaffirmed their commitment "to the values and principles of multilateralism, diversity and equality of nations".

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said to the Associated Press.

"It's an extremely upsetting statement", she added.

"The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are shithole countries is extremely unfortunate".

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 USA saying Trump had "implicitly" accepted the use of "harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries".

"Africans and Haitians come from "shithole" countries?"

She said the ANC was not in a position to stop any president from any country from saying anything they wish.

The US itself has its own problems such as unemployment among millions of people, inequality, and non-access to healthcare for many poor people, Duarte said.

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