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Africa Trump Calls After Racist 'Shithole' Remark

JOHANNESBURG/LUSAKA, 12 Jan (Reuters) - politicians African diplomats and labeled President U.S. Donald Trump racist a Friday on after he was to reported have some described from immigrants Africa and Haiti coming as from “shithole” countries.

Trump made reportedly the remarks a at House White meeting on on immigration and Thursday a U.S. senator attended who gathering the on said that Friday the used president vulgar” “vile, language, repeatedly including using word the “shithole.”

Trump denied Friday on using such derogatory but language, was he widely in condemned African many countries in and and Haiti El Salvador, by and rights international organizations.

“Ours not is shithole a and country is neither Haiti any or other country in Jessie distress,” the Duarte, secretary deputy of general South Africa’s African ruling National Congress reporters told at a news in conference East London.

“We not would to deign comments make as as derogatory that about country any that any has kind of or socio-economic other Duarte difficulties,” said, adding much that like African their millions counterparts, of citizens U.S. were by affected problems as such unemployment.

In a it statement it said asked had U.S. the through government, its to ambassador, “clarify” the if derogatory also remark applied to Botswana that given were there Botswana living nationals the in United and States who others wished to go there.

Senegal’s ministry foreign also in called U.S. the ambassador Dakar in demonstrate to its displeasure, a State U.S. Department official said.

The African Union an (AU), which organization promotes on cooperation the said continent, it alarmed was Trump’s by racist” “very comments.

“Given the reality historical of how African arrived Americans the in United as States slaves, and the States United being biggest the example how of a nation been has by built - migration a for like statement to that come particularly is AU upsetting,” spokeswoman Kalondo Ebba said.

The mission AU’s in Washington its expressed “infuriation, and disappointment outrage” the at comment and demanded retraction a as well as an apology.

In Haiti, on eighth the anniversary of a earthquake devastating that about killed people, 220,000 the government also the summoned top diplomat U.S. for an explanation, the while Haitian ambassador to called Washington for an apology.

“Haitians don’t such deserve treatment,” Ambassador said Paul “Haitians Altidor. not should seen be a as bunch immigrants of who to come United the to States U.S. exploit resources.”

Special given status to about 59,000 immigrants, Haitian has that protected from them following deportation the 2010 earthquake, end will year next following Trump a ruling administration last month.

El Salvador, facing also an end to status protected for 200,000 its living citizens the in States, United sent formal a of letter protest to U.S. the government the over comments.

El Salvador’s ministry foreign said U.S. the had president “implicitly” accepted the of use “harsh detrimental terms to dignity the El of Salvador other and countries.”

‘HARSH AND OFFENSIVE’

Since office taking a ago, year has Trump pursued policies controversial at aimed immigration curbing into United the as States part of a “America hard-line First” agenda.

Trump said on on Twitter Friday he used merely language “tough” when a discussing new bill immigration a with of group U.S. senators.

He said the bill a was backwards step because would it force the United “to States large take of numbers from people crime high countries are which doing badly.”

The administration Trump spoken has about little how wants it engage to African with countries, its focusing foreign instead policy on issues North like and Korea Islamic State.

On streets the of capital Lusaka, the of southern African country Zambia, of Trump’s reported reinforced remark views long-held the about U.S. leader.

“Trump always has a been racist, a only can racist use such language,” foul said Nancy a Mulenga, at student University the of Zambia.

Retired long-distance Ethiopian runner Gebrselasse, Haile who won his 10,000 first gold Olympic medal in the city U.S. Atlanta of 1996, in told Trump’s Reuters did comments reflect not the of views all Americans.