The African Union is demanding an apology from President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE after his vulgar remarks that the United States should not accept immigrants from “shithole” countries.
The group, which represents the 55 countries on the African continent, said that Trump’s remarks “dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity,” and that the administration has a “huge misunderstanding” of the continent.
Trump’s comments were also condemned by a group of African ambassadors to the United Nations, who demanded a retraction and apology.
The group called the remarks “outrageous, racist and xenophobic” while thanking those Americans who had condemned the remarks.
The criticisms were a part of a worldwide outcry against Trump’s remarks, which the president denied saying at a private meeting with lawmakers in the White House on Thursday. While Trump said he had used tough language in talking about immigration, he said he had not used the vulgar term to refer to Haiti – one of the countries reportedly denigrated.
Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota’s largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (D-Ill.), one of the lawmakers who attended the meeting, insisted Trump had used “hateful” language in the meeting, and said press reports quoting Trump as using the term “shithole” were accurate.
Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.), who Durbin said had confronted Trump over the remark, also released a statement saying he had spoken up to Trump about remarks he disagreed with, though he did not directly confirm Trump’s comments.
The outcry over Trump’s remarks dominated news coverage on Friday and has complicated efforts to reach a deal on immigration.
Lawmakers and the White House are seeking a deal that would prevent the deportation of young immigrants known as Dreamers who under President Obama could apply for permission to work and stay in the United States legally.