Trump on Thursday questioned why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries" during a briefing on draft immigration legislation, according to two sources familiar with the comments.
"The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are shithole countries is extremely unfortunate".
Duncan, R-3rd District and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, has long supported the island nation's recovery from a devastating 2010 quake, but has also called for more transparency in USA aid money sent to the country.
The government of Botswana issued a statement on Friday, condemning the remarks, calling them "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist", and urging other nations to take a stand against Trump's remarks. The African Union, through its member States, values the strategic partnership with the U.S. "Some of their own leaders have taken advantage of them", she said.
"Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation", Shah said in a statement after the meeting.
The AU's mission in Washington expressed its "infuriation, disappointment and outrage" at the comment and demanded a retraction as well as an apology.
In remarks to CNN on Friday, U.S. Sen.
Journalist Yamiche Alcindor spoke directly with Haiti's ambassador to the U.S., Paul Altidor. Doron teaches WSSU students about the Haitian Revolution and its lingering effects on African countries. That is all I have to say, Kenyan entrepreneur Wangui Muraguri told the AP in response to Trump.
El Salvador, also facing an end to protected status for its 200,000 citizens living in the United States, sent a formal letter of protest to the USA government over the comments.
"The storm over Trump's alleged language follows a New York Times story a year ago about a meeting in which Trump allegedly said Haitian immigrants "all have AIDS".
There are 11 million people coming through the southern border 'cause they come from countries where they can't find work, and life is miserable. "Our African policies have changed very little of last several decades".
On the streets of Lusaka, capital of the southern African country of Zambia, Trump's reported remark reinforced long-held views about the USA leader.
The reported language was the latest in a long string of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim comments by Trump that have been condemned as racist.
"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "s--holes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome".
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