The U.S. President Donald Trump has defended himself after the African Union urged him to apologize for his ‘racist comments’ about some nations of the continent.
He has reportedly called some nations on the continent ‘shitholes’ sparking controversy and outrage.
Donald Trump responded when asked if he is a racist, “No, I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”
President Trump was reported to make a ‘racist comment’ in a bipartisan meeting with the Democrats and Republicans to discuss “proposal that would impose new restrictions on immigration but protect the so-called “Dreamers” – hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the US illegally as children – from deportation,” BBC reported.
President Trump reportedly has said in the meetings that the U.S. should stop granting TPS to the countries hit by natural disaster and epidemic and grant immigrants from countries like Norway.
Washington Post quoted him as saying, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
When he was told that most of the TPS holders are immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and Guatemala Trump said, “Haitians? Do we need more Haitians?”
Donald Trump, however, later denied that he insulted the Haitians in the meeting. He said in a Twitter post, “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said, “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.”
Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
The African Union slammed Trump over his alleged remarks. Donald Trump’s “remarks dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity”.
“While expressing our shock, dismay, and outrage, the African Union strongly believes that there is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and its people by the current Administration,” AU said.
“There is a serious need for dialogue between the US Administration and the African countries.”
The anniversary of the devastating earthquake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America’s commitment to helping our neighbors. Instead, we‘re subjected to Trump’s ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn’t look like him.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 12, 2018
Trump’s remarks have sparked outrage in the United States as well. Dozens of Republican and Democrat leaders condemned his ‘shithole’ remarks.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said, “Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday. The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.”
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) January 14, 2018
“I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday,” Democrat Senator Durbin said.