African ambassadors to United Nations attack Trump's 'racist' remarks

Derrick Johnson president of the NAACP slammed President Trump's comment about African nations

Derrick Johnson president of the NAACP slammed President Trump's comment about African nations

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has released a statement about a bipartisan meeting on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in which President Donald Trump made alleged controversial comments about immigrants from Haiti and African nations.

"On the eighth anniversary of an quake that almost devastated Haiti, we members of the Haitian Lawyers Association unfortunately find ourselves addressing disparaging remarks attributed to President Trump", reads a letter issued Friday by the bar association.

"There is a serious need for dialogue between the US Administration and the African countries", the statement said.

After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the African Group of United Nations ambassadors said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the U.S. administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color".

It also underlined the strong historical ties between the two countries and urged the USA to respect the dignity of its "noble and courageous" people.

So far, the State Department said, the USA charge d'affaires in Haiti and ambassador in Botswana have been called in by their hosts after Trump reportedly dubbed these countries "shitholes".

The news drew rapid and worldwide backlash-the latest coming from The Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr.

We contacted Miller's office in Botswana seeking comment, as well as the Botswana embassy in Washington D.C., but received no response prior to publication.

The arc of this latest controversy followed a similar pattern from others involving President Trump over the past year - Democrats expressed outrage and demanded an apology, while most Republicans talked about something else.

The Haitian Ambassador to the U.S., Paul Altidor, told NPR: "We've been a strong neighbor". "We also condemn those who would sit idly by and not speak truth to power regarding this hateful rhetoric in furtherance of their own personal gain". He knows absolutely nothing about these people - the pain they've faced, their harrowing journeys, or their commitment to our country, much less the cultural vibrancy of the countries they came from.

While the Vatican newspaper noted that the White House did not immediately deny the remarks, Trump later tweeted, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

Trump tweeted Friday morning that he used "tough" language at the meeting, but not the reported vulgarity.

The NAACP president predicted Trump's remarks will help motivate African-American voters in the 2018 midterm elections, saying the comments are "the language of the '50s and '60s, it is the language of a Ross Barnett and a George Wallace".

Chicago's Haitian-American community is pushing back against President Trump's reported disparaging remarks about immigrant populations.

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