African countries slam Trump's racist remarks as outrageous, offensive

  • African countries slam Trump's racist remarks as outrageous, offensive

African countries slam Trump's racist remarks as outrageous, offensive

Other Christian conservatives have called the remarks racist. I reject them and condemn them vigorously.

SENEGAL'S PRESIDENT MACKY SALL, on Twitter.

Trump reportedly demanded to know why the USA should accept immigrants from "s***hole countries", after lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.

"They say it's about numbers, merit, security and control", Frank Sharry of the immigrant rights group America's Voice said of organizations that share Trump's desire to reduce both illegal and legal immigration to the U.S.

"I don't think this will just blow over", said Peter Lewis, director of African Studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

Botswana summoned the United States ambassador to the country to "clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "s***hole" country", according to a foreign ministry statement calling Trump's comments "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist".

Senegal followed suit with Foreign Minister Sidiki Kaba saying the government "firmly condemned the unacceptable remarks".

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

Klepper continued: "I know what you're thinking: What do Norwegians have that Haitians and Africans don't?"

After talking on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday morning, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin was optimistic that a compromise deal with some Republicans to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants was on the verge of success.

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.

In Senegal's capital Dakar, administrator Idrissa Fall said "we can not really say that he (Trump) is wrong".

While those missions won't stop, "if people fundamentally don't trust you and like you, it's going to change the tone of the relationship", Lewis said.

Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, protecting them from deportation following the 2010 quake, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month.

"The Trump era.is a direct assault on the legacy of Dr. King", said the Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer, where King preached for the last eight years of his life.

"That's why we're being termed a s***hole", Mr Andrew Mataso, 55, a business executive, said on a busy street in Nairobi. The young people are human beings, not commodities, he said. "Some of their own leaders have taken advantage of them", she said. "He is trolling the world".