African UN ambassadors and the African Union have called for “a retraction and an apology” from Donald Trump after the US president reportedly described them as “s***hole” countries. Trump has denied using the phrase.
All 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations decried Donald Trump’s reported remarks as “outrageous, racist, and xenophobic” on Friday, a day after US media reported that Trump had referred to African states, Haiti, and El Salvador as “s***hole countries.”
The UN diplomats met for an emergency session before issuing a joint statement to demand a “retraction and an apology” from the US president.
“For once, we are all on the same page,” an ambassador told the Agence France-Presse news agency.
The ambassadors also thanked American citizens “from all walks of life who have condemned the remarks.”
On Thursday, Trump was meeting lawmakers to discuss a proposal for an immigration plan when he reportedly grew agitated as the conversation turned to citizens of Haiti and El Salvador, and immigrants from the African continent.
“Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?” he asked, according to multiple sources present at the White House meeting.
The reports prompted outrage and accusations of racism from people in the US and the rest of the world. Trump later denied using the vulgar phrase, but said he used “tough” language at the meeting.