ANC, DA take dim view of Trump's 'shithole' comment

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"This is not only hurtful, I think, to people of African origin in the United States, but certainly to African citizens", she said.

The African ambassadors issued the statement late Friday following an emergency meeting after Mr. Trump used vulgar language to reject an immigration bill, asking why the US would take in more people from Haiti and "sh*thole countries" in Africa.

The United States Embassy in Accra has made attempt to water down the anger of millions of Africans following revelation that Donald Trump insulted the integrity of Africans.

The Botswana government has inquired from the U.S. government through the U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the U.S., and also that some of Batswana may wish to visit the United States.

The outcry over Trump's remarks dominated news coverage on Friday and has complicated efforts to reach a deal on immigration.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.), who Durbin said had confronted Trump over the remark, also released a statement saying he had spoken up to Trump about remarks he disagreed with, though he did not directly confirm Trump's comments. At least one more African leader spoke up on Saturday.

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Several African leaders, ambassadors and different dignitaries have expressed shock and pain following President Trump's comments.

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".

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

"President Trump, One day, I'll take you to a "s***hole" country called Ghana", wrote Ghanaian Edmond Prime Sarpong on Facebook.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the Washington Post quoted him as saying.

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". "And he said them repeatedly".

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