All 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations decried Donald Trump's reported remarks as "outrageous, racist, and xenophobic" on Friday, a day after U.S. media reported that Trump had referred to African states, Haiti, and El Salvador as "s***hole countries".
Trump demanded to know why the U.S. would accept immigrants from these countries rather than places like Norway, whose prime minister he had met the day before.
He said the president repeatedly used the word "sh**hole" when speaking about African countries. While the president denies the wording of the comments, lawmakers who were inside the meeting insist he said them.
"For the first representative of the United States of America to speak in such a manner is quite troubling and offensive", Jean said in the statement.
A statement by the AU, dated January 12, 2018, said there is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and its people by the current administration.
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Earlier, the 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks while Botswana and Senegal hauled in the U.S. ambassador to complain.
"Haitians don't deserve such treatment", said Ambassador Paul Altidor.
And Haiti's US ambassador told the BBC that Haitians are not "simply immigrants who come here to take advantage of the U.S".
"He said, 'Haitians? Do we need more Haitians?' And then he went on and started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure", Sen.
The newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, wrote about the comment in a front-page article about the immigration debate in the United States. It noted that Trump's comments had immediately sparked "controversy and indignation".
Trump essentially denied using the language but that did not deter liberals and Trump-haters from feeding into the frenzy that followed. "Neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", she said.
The video shows Trump saying nothing as he exits the room.