The African Union, AU, ambassadors to the United Nation, UN, have expressed disappointment and outrage at President Donald Trump of the United States over his “racist remark” on the people of Africa.
Trump was said to have used the phrase “shithole countries” to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. During a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday. When the lawmakers suggested that protections for immigrants from those countries be restored, the U.S President reportedly asked, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
Reacting in a statement issued on Friday, the AU mission to the UN said, “The remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity.
“While expressing our shock, dismay and outrage, the African Union truly believes that there is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and its people by the current administration.
“There is a serious need for dialogue between the U.S. administration and the African countries. The African Union, through its member States, values the strategic partnership with the U.S.
“This relationship should be from the point of equality and mutual respect based on accepted international principles of respect for basic human dignity of all.”
While demanding a retraction of the statement and an apology from Trump, the AU mission said it “condemns the statement in the strongest terms and demands a retraction of the comment as well as an apology to not only the Africans but to all people of African descent across the globe”.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Coleville, has also branded as racist, the reported remark branding Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African nations as “shithole countries”.
According to him, “If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. There is no other word you can use but ‘racist’.
“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’, whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”