You must apologise to Africans, AU tells Donald Trump

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"Why do we want all these people from "shithole countries" coming here?"

Despite the back and forth regarding Trump's reported remarks, several lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have decried the language and condemned the comments.

According to United States media reports, citing people with knowledge of the conversation, Trump asked during a conversation about immigration: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

Haitians and Africans in Maryland say they don't think they should be written off. It´s about opening the door wider to humanity´s worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia that will potentially disrupt and destroy the lives of many people. On Friday, the Academy Award victor published an op-ed in Time, calling Trump's alleged comments about bringing in immigrants from "sh*thole" countries "disgraceful".

The U.S. president reportedly made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday.

President Akufo-Addo tweeted that Trump's reported language was "extremely unfortunate", adding: "We are certainly not "a shithole country". "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!".

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Trump tweeted Friday that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians" and praised his relationship with people from the country. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems. He also claimed the deal would force the United States to "to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly", but did not offer any specifics or evidence.

In a statement attributed to him in media reports, Mr. Trump referred to them as "s***hole countries" during an interaction with lawmakers at the White House on Thursday on immigration.

In fiscal year 2016, 1.18 million people became legal permanent residents of the United States, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security. I will not be diverted from all possible efforts to continue negotiating to stop the deportations.

Maina wants more understanding from President Trump, who is the grandson of an immigrant.

But the US Embassy in a tweet on Saturday January 13 stated that: "We have great respect for the people of Africa".

Botswana said it had summoned the usa ambassador to that country to "express its displeasure" and had asked him whether Botswana "is regarded as a "sh**hole" country".

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