AU Demands Apology from Trump over 'Racist Remarks'

There have been more responses to President Donald Trump allegedly referring to some nations as "shithole countries".

The African group of ambassadors to the United Nations has issued an extraordinary statement condemning the "outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks" by President Donald Trump and demanding a retraction and apology.

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

The envoys released a joint statement Friday after an emergency meeting was held to address the issue.

The comment was "clearly" racist, said Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki.

Addressing the media ahead of the ANC's January 8 statement in East London, deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte described Trump's comments as "unfortunate".

He has been backed by two Republicans who were at the White House meeting, but Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Mr Trump called African countries "shitholes" several times and used "racist" language.

"I've never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United States".

"President Trump, One day, I'll take you to a "s***hole" country called Ghana", wrote Ghanaian Edmond Prime Sarpong on Facebook.

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Mr. Trump has denied using that language but others present say he did.

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

"To squander that goodwill certainly means many difficulties in terms of pursuing trade, in terms of doing business comfortably, in terms of counter terrorism, security cooperation", Lewis said. "And he said them repeatedly".

She stressed that the USA was "much stronger than the sum total of one man".

South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of America's The Daily Show, described himself as an offended citizen of "South Shithole" and also criticised Mr Trump's preferred choice of Norway for immigrants.

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.

"While expressing shock, dismay, and outrage, the African Union strongly believes there's a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and its people by the current administration".

His comments which also suggested the USA should instead focus its immigrant entry policy on countries such as Norway has been criticised by global organisations including the United Nations and African Union, politicians and other Africans and Caribbeans.

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