The African Union continental body has expressed alarm over the alleged statement of President Donald Trump, questioning why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa.
On Thursday, Trump allegedly questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal.
The African Union continental body told The Associated Press it was “frankly alarmed” by Trump’s comments.
AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said: “Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice.
“This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity.”
South Sudan government spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told The Associated Press: “Unless it was specifically said about South Sudan, we have nothing to say.”
In Kenya, East Africa’s economic hub, political activist Boniface Mwangi pleaded: “Please don’t confuse the #shithole leaders we Africans elect with our beautiful continent.”