In an extraordinary Oval Office exchange, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the USA should permit immigrants from "shithole countries" as he rejected a plan by a bipartisan group of senators that would have changed rules affecting entrants from Africa and Haiti, according to three people briefed on the conversation.
"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 said to the Associated Press.
The newspaper did not print the word "shithole", which Trump reportedly used repeatedly on Thursday at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday, according to U.S. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the gathering.
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Trump disputed the reports in a tweet Friday morning, although he did not directly deny using the word.
Durbin said that despite Trump's rejection of the bipartisan deal he would introduce it as legislation next week and work on getting Democratic and Republican support for passage.
Several other African officials had expressed shock of trump remarks.
Nevertheless, aware the United States is still a powerful military and economic power, the AU statement called for continued strategic partnership with the US.
Norwegians have expressed solidarity with Haiti and several other African nations by saying they do not want to go to the United States, describing it using the alleged words of Donald Trump as a "s***hole".
"Africans and Haitians come from "shithole" countries?"
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"We view the utterances by the current American President as highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist", the government in Gaborone added.
Mr. Trump issued a denial Friday about using that language where he reportedly described Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "sh*thole countries". When Trump a year ago ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - known as DACA - he challenged Congress to come up with a permanent fix by March 5.
'The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used, ' Trump wrote, using unusually passive language in an effort to walk back the comment.
Once we came to the United States, we were welcomed. "Unfortunately, it becomes more apparent every day that "Make America Great Again" is merely a euphemism for 'Make America WHITE again'". They are doing nothing to fix DACA.
Graham has managed to become an ally of Trump's over the past year, even withstanding a few bumps along the way.
South Africa's ruling African National Congress called Trump's comments "extremely offensive", while opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said "the hatred of Obama's roots now extends to an entire continent".
In an earlier tweet, Mahama had said that Trump's comments showed he was "nothing but a racist". "Certainly journalists don't talk that way". "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries".
In August, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan led a Congressional delegation to Haiti as part of a four-country tour to strengthen regional security and cooperation.
Adding "Botswana has accepted USA citizens within her border over the years and countries to host United States guests and senior government officials including a Congressional delegation that will come to Botswana at the end of this month".