Ghanaians lash out at President Trump over 'shithole' comment


Ghanaians lash out at President Trump over 'shithole' comment

The African Union, representing all 55 nations in the continent, has demanded that Donald Trump apologise for his alleged "sh**hole countries" remarks.

"Just one day after those disgraceful, racist comments by the President of the United States in the Oval Office, calling African nations 'shithole countries, ' the president has not apologized".

The African Group of UN ambassadors is "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media", a statement said. Plus, the White House has yet to officially deny the reports in a statement - and Hillary Clinton has plenty to say about it. "But I think it's up to our African leaders to sit up and do something better for the African continent".

"Very very sad, I was so shocked, I'm still shocked, I can't believe he said that", says Weedor Mcdoweel, originally fromlLiberia whose lived in the U.S for almost seven years.

Durbin told reporters in Chicago on Friday that he had reached out to the White House two hours earlier, had spoken with the president and asked him to consider the compromise plan he and five senators - three Democrats and three Republicans - had come up with to "save the Dreamers and help their families".

We've heard on our Facebook page from people on both sides, many who say they find no issue with the President's statement and others who disagree. He also noted the insensitivity of its timing, coming the same week as the eighth anniversary of Haiti's 2010 natural disaster, which killed more than 200,000 people.

African anger about Trump's comments, made during a White House meeting on immigration, could impact United States companies doing business in one of the world's fastest growing regions and complicate the Pentagon's counterterrorism efforts and security cooperation on the continent, diplomats and analysts said.

Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of IL on Friday said Trump had indeed made the comments about 's***hole countries'.

Their statement came after the president tweeted Friday morning that the description of his remarks was not accurate. It is not true. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who was in the meeting and said during a press conference today that Trump "said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly". John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, reiterated on Thursday after the White House meeting that a deal would only move for a vote with a clear message from the President that he would sign it. "Do we need more Haitians?'" Durbin said.

"And then he went on to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure".

But in another tweet on Friday the president denied that he insulted Haitians.

Trump insisted he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". Senator Durbin, a close associate of Barack Hussein Obama took a "shot" at him accusing President Trump of being a racist.