African Union: ''Trump must apologize for calling Africans shitholes''

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She said the United States also faced difficulties, like unemployment and inequality.

President Trump has since rejected the claims against him in a series of tweets but White House communicators have however failed to categorically deny that he made those comments.

The group's mission in Washington DC expressed its "shock, dismay and outrage" and said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans. At least one more African leader spoke up on Saturday.

The UN has also branded as racist, the reported remark branding Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African nations as "shithole countries".

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According sources in the Oval Office meeting between Trump and lawmakers, the President referred to Africa, saying, "why do we want all these people from "s***hole countries" coming here?"

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

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said Rupert Coleville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Donald Trump's alleged remarks have caused outrage across the world with officials in African, European, Latin American countries and the United Nations expressing condemnation and summoning American diplomats in protest. But it emphasized that such a partnership should be based on mutual respect and accepted global principles of respect of basic human dignity. "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries".

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"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

"Please don't confuse the #s***hole leaders we Africans elect with our lovely continent ..."

In South Africa, the ruling African National Congress party declared "ours is not a s***hole country" and described Mr Trump as "extremely offensive". We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.

The 54-nation UN African Group, which does not include Western Sahara, demanded a "retraction and an apology" from Mr Trump, while thanking Americans "from all walks of life who have condemned the remarks".

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Addressing the media ahead of the ANC's January 8 statement in East London, deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte described Trump's comments as "unfortunate". "And he said them repeatedly".

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