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African Union demands apology from Trump over racist comment

14 January 2018

"Why do we need more Haitians?"

"Bar Association were dismayed, like so many of you, at the disparaging remarks of the president regarding his administration's view of persons of color who seek to build a better life for themselves and their families in the United States", association president Trelvis D. Randolph said in a statement issued Friday.

"He was very kind to the Haitians, he was very eloquent to them, and he was the first president to (have) ever visited Haitians, and he said he was going to be the champion of Haitians", Haitian-American Georges Sami Saati said. "Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo told The Associated Press.

Ghana is widely seen as a stable, peaceful country in an often turbulent region, and has close ties to the United States.

"Join us", the former Los Angeles mayor said on Twitter.

On Thursday, Trump was meeting lawmakers to discuss a proposal for an immigration plan when he reportedly grew agitated as the conversation turned to citizens of Haiti and El Salvador, and immigrants from the African continent.

At their Oval Office meeting, two sources said, Trump questioned the value of taking immigrants from Haiti and African nations, and referred to them as "shithole countries".

The American people will ultimately judge us on the outcome we achieve, not the process which led to it.

Jean, who was born in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, called Trump's reported remarks "insulting".

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. It is not true.

"Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September?"

"I can not 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", the senator said.

Durbin also said that several of his Republican colleagues at the meeting were not pleased with the president's words.

On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert also commented on the president's remarks, with the vulgarity bleeped out: "Trump reportedly said, 'Why are we having all these people from. countries come here?' Sir, they're not. countries: For one, Donald Trump isn't their president".

According to the senator, the president's response was simply to respond: "That's a good line".

He doesn't deny that Trump possibly used the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and Africa, but he believes it's been taken out of context.

African Union demands apology from Trump over racist comment