African ambassadors condemn Trump remarks as 'racist'
Jan 14 2018 by Desiree Burns
Trump made the remarks Thursday during a meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office who discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan deal on the status of undocumented young USA immigrants, The Washington Post reported.
Trump's comments were also condemned by a group of African ambassadors to the United Nations, who demanded a retraction and apology.
Ambassadors unanimously agreed the resolution after an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks.
"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 is about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia that will potentially disrupt and even destroy the lives of many people".
Trump on Thursday questioned why the US would accept moreimmigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal.
The UN slammed the reported remarks as "shocking and shameful" and "racist".
Trump's comments were "shocking and shameful" and "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist", said a spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, Rupert Colville.
After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the group said it was "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 statement from the African Union also followed a slew of global condemnations. House Republicans backed Trump on an Obamacare repeal past year only to see him turn around and denigrate the bill as "mean".
Social media users across the continent posted images of modern skylines and handsome nature from their countries with the hashtag "s***hole".
AU Spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo pointed out the United States role in the Atlantic slave trade as an example of how African countries, Trump described in contemptuous terms, were exploited in a shameful manner. The choice is yours: denounce President Trump and work on legislation that reflects the values of our country, like the Dream Act, or go down as enablers of a racist regime. "I would not talk about nations like this, because I believe the people of those countries are made in the image of God and have worth and human dignity". Two Trump allies who were in attendance, Sens.
"This is no different from what Hollywood and Western media have been saying about Africa for decades". If we have gotten to the point where we all have to pretend that every country is exactly as nice as every other country, then we are being dishonest.
"African countries, and sometimes our leaders, do not exactly deal with the problems of the worst-off, that's what makes people immigrate".
"If the president were consistent in his positioning in this, it would give the Republicans cover" on a deal, said Theresa Brown, director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. During the signing, the president praised the civil rights leader's "faith and love for humanity" while telling Americans "no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God".
Durbin and Graham pitched Trump on the outlines of a deal they and others in a six-senator bipartisan group made to resolve the legal status of Dreamers, the young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children. Mahama tweeted under a mocked-up photograph of Trump being shown a map of Africa in which all the countries were labelled "Nambia".
"The words used by the president, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not 'tough, ' they were abhorrent and repulsive", tweeted Arizona Sen.