Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Donald Trump Must Apologise For Comments - African Union

Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2018, 15:17

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

In a statement issued by the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation, the Botswana government expressed its displeasure at the alleged utterances made by Trump, when he referred to African countries and others as "shithole countries" during a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House on Thursday.

The statement the African ambassadors issued expresses concern over the Trump administration's apparent increasing denigration of Africa "and people of color".

"There is a serious need for dialogue between the United States administration and the African countries".

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

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

Ambassadors unanimously agreed the resolution after an emergency session to discuss Mr Trump's remarks.

Trump made his controversial statement when he met USA legislators who came to see him about a bipartisan - meaning it is supported by Democrats and Republicans - bill on immigration, which Trump rejected.

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". "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries". "We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries".

Condemning the comments "in the strongest terms", the AU demanded "a retraction of the comment as well as an apology, not only to the Africans, but to all people of African descent around the globe".

"Please don't confuse the #s***hole leaders we Africans elect with our lovely continent ..."

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".

Lewis said that Trump had undermined 25 years of African goodwill towards the United States "to essentially give the back of his hand to 49 countries south of the Sahara creates real problems in many ways".

The US Embassy in Accra, Ghana also took to twitter to reaffirm America's reverence for Africans.

"He didn't just name a white country, he named the whitest - so white they wear moon-screen", he said.