Donald Trump Must Apologise For Comments - African Union

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 USA would take in more people from Haiti and "sh*thole countries" in Africa.

The group's mission in Washington DC expressed its "shock, dismay and outrage" and said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans.

The U.S. president reportedly made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday.

"The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump, must use this descriptor and derogatory word, when talking about countries with whom the USA has had cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations for so many years", said the statement.

The US president is said to have called African countries, Haiti and El Salvador as "shitholes" in a meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration issues. He tweeted Friday that he used "tough" language but "not that language", which was being taken as a denial of the "sh*thole" comment, although Mr. Trump did not specifically reference that phrase in his denial.

But he added that the words attributed to him were "not the language used".

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The delegates include a Chinese delegation, Horst Köhler - former German President and Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara and Moussa Faki Mahamat the African Union Chairperson.

The group, which represents the 55 countries on the African continent, said that Trump's remarks "dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", and that the administration has a "huge misunderstanding" of the continent.

"There is a serious need for dialogue between the U.S. administration and the African countries", said the AU statement.

South Africa's foreign ministry called the remarks, which sources said Trump made earlier this week during a meeting on immigration legislation, "crude and offensive" and said Trump's subsequent denial was not categorical.

Mr Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the U.S. should instead be taking in migrants from countries like Norway. We are certainly not a "shithole country".

And Haiti's USA ambassador told the BBC that Haitians are not "simply immigrants who come here to take advantage of the U.S". "Do we need more Haitians?" "Our AU Presidents must respond strongly to this insult", Mr. Mahama said in a tweet.

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