Global indignation continues: 54 countries demand apologies from the US for Trump's "shit hole" comment about Haiti and Africa
Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, January 13, 2018 Under: Diplomacy
New York - The global indignation sparked by the reported comment of American President Donald Trump, referring to countries such as Haiti, El Salvador and the African continent as “shit holes” during a white house meeting, continues to rage at full speed this Saturday, despite all the efforts of the White House and American diplomats world wide to tame the fallout, and the denial of Donald Trump himself on Twitter, to having made such remarks.
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust! Twitted President Trump, Friday morning.
With the same voice, in a language of rare hardness, the 54 ambassadors of African countries at the United Nations demanded a "retraction" of the American president, condemning his "scandalous, racist and xenophobic remarks".
Senegal, Botswana have each summoned the american ambassador while Haiti said that it was “deeply shocked” by these “abhorrent and obnoxious remarks” by Trump which “if proven would be entirely unacceptable because they reflect a totally erroneous and racist view of the Haitian community. “ The Haitian government has also summoned the US Charge d’Affaires in Haiti, Robin, Diallo, the highest US representative in the country, to explain to officials the purported remarks.
“these insulting and reprehensible statements in no way reflect the virtues of wisdom, restraint and discernment that must be cultivated by any high political authority.” The note from the Haitian government explains further.
The African Union Mission in Washington D.C expressed its “infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity," the AU mission in Washington said in a statement.
Cuba also condemned on Friday "firmly the racist, derogatory and gross statements of the United States on Haiti, El Salvador, the African states and other continents," said a Cuban Foreign Ministry in a news report.
"These declarations full of hatred and contempt arouse the indignation of the Cuban people," he added, recalling the importance of the role played by Africans and Haitians in the history of Cuba.
El Salvador says it has sent a diplomatic protest note to the United States expressing the country’s “resounding rejection” of a remark attributed to President Donald Trump.
The Central American nation’s Foreign Ministry says in a statement that “El Salvador demands respect for its brave and dignified people.”
Nepal, which became a TPS nation after a major earthquake in 2015, said authorities were discussing their response.
Nepalese Foreign Minister Bharat Raj Paudyal told CNN that "we are aware of President Trump's comments, and our ministry is discussing the matter."
The Spokesman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, at a press conference in Geneva Friday, described as "racist" "these shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States,"
Uganda’s state minister for international relations, Henry Okello Oryem, calls Trump’s remarks “unfortunate and regrettable.”
He adds that “we pray that the almighty God gives him wisdom to change his mind about people who are suffering and looking for safe haven in America.”
He says he hopes African heads of state will reply to Trump at an African Union summit later this month.
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