Trump’s vulgar remarks spur world anger

Trump’s vulgar

International organisations including the UN and African Union, politicians and other Africans and Caribbeans are outraged over US President Donald Trump’s latest racist remarks.

The president criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group “shithole countries”, according to the US media.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump asked at a meeting with congress members, reports said on Thursday, citing people with knowledge on the conversation.

Trump suggested the US should instead focus its immigrant entry policy on countries such as Norway; the president met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Wednesday.

Rupert Colville, spokesman of the UN human rights office, said: “You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as shitholes … I’m sorry, but there’s no other word one can use but racist.”

Colville added the story wasn’t “just a story about vulgar language, it’s about opening the door to humanity’s worst side”.

The African Union said it was “frankly alarmed”.

“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,” said AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo.

Following the publication of the media reports, the White House issued a statement in which it did not directly challenge the authenticity of the comments.

“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” the White House said.

Trump denied the racist remarks, tweeting yesterday that the language he used “was tough, but this was not the language used”, as he called for a “merit- based system of immigration and people who take our country to the next level”.

He later tweeted that he has “never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously a very poor and troubled country”.

The Haitian government said Trump’s reported comments shows a “racist view of the Haitian community,” the Associated Press said.

Rene Civil, an activist in Haiti, said that Trump is “destabilising, a president who uses vulgar words, who is unacceptable”.

Civil added: “We [Haitians] demand that Donald Trump apologise [to] the entire African continent, as well as before Haiti, a country whose blood has been used by ancestors who have used their minds and bodies to liberate the United States itself from slavery”.

South Africa’s ruling ANC party said Trump’s comments were “extremely offensive”, with a spokeswoman saying the party would never deign to make such derogatory remarks.

Morocco-based Africa analyst Adama Gaye told Al Jazeera: “Trump has shown a continuous display of racism towards Africa [and people from poor nations].”

Abdulsalam Kayode, a resident of the Nigerian capital city of Lagos, told Al Jazeera that the US president’s comments are “not unexpected from somebody of this nature [because] we already know this kind of person”.

Commenting on the invitation to Norwegians, Washington, DC-based political analyst Bill Schneider told Al Jazeera: “That’s the racist element.

Norwegians are white, they’re northern Europeans. He was referring earlier, in his vulgar comment, to [people of] African descent.

“These are racist comments. He has said things like this before when he talked about Nigerians who won’t go back to live in huts and he talked about Haitians who bring AIDS to the United States. These are all confirmations of what a lot of people have long suspected – that he harbours racism.”

The development came as the US president also came under fire for rejecting an invite to open a new US embassy in London.

Many took to social media to condemn the president, including members of his own Republican party.

Republican politician Mia Love, who is of Haitian descent, said: “The president’s comments are unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation’s values.”- Aljazeera.

 

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  • SHIBOBO

    Trump was never a politician, and he never minced his words during campaigning on all these issues. Yet the American people elected him to be their president. Even as president, almost a year down the road, he has been as brash as ever and some members of his establishment fall over each other defending him. Meaning, in some measure they agree with his sentiments. Is Trump’s crime what he said or that he had the guts to say it? If the Americans elected him to office with all his wayward opinions, and they are keeping him there, who then are the S***HOLES???? Yet again, one would ask, IS TRUMP WRONG???

    • zibulo

      Trump is walking the talk, putting the interests of the US first, in all aspects of life, Economy , Investment, Immigration. Every country admits or has to admit those who will progress its cause. Blacks went there as slaves but they must also remember one thing Activists like Martin Luther and Co fought for their rights which they enjoy now. Immigrants from Africa, dying drowning in Seas, made Slaves in North Africa , are all escaping Shithole Countries , shithole in the sense of their leaders not that the people are. The AU/UN SADC never castigated Mgabe and other African brutal leaders/murderrers , NEVER !!. Why worry about Trump, Mgabe said Blair keep your Britain and i keep my Zimbabwe, and Africa rejoiced !!!!. Those who castigate Trump want to emigrate to te US , running away from their homes/brutal leaders . why cry when he says he will build a wall ? do you know the wars the Europeans and American fought in order for them to have This Freedom which we envy so much ? World War !, world war 2 , The US Civil Wars, the formation of the USA, Bosnian wars , this led tothe freedoms they have today, and which we envy so much. Imagine if Zim was like during Smith’s time- borders closed, sanctions . Yet they promoted Local Production of all goods and services, employment was high , we had Bulawayo , Harare, Gweru, Kwekwe , Mutale as world class cities , albeit small in size , good quality education , school leavers groups for technical skills , ZUPCO with a world class Urban Transport System before zanu deployed Rex Chiwara to loot it through him through free ZANU trpis to rallies mahala !!!!. eVERY COUNTRY CAN DO THE SAME and promote local Production, Supply and Demand and you will see employment shooting up. when other countries like China dump sub standard goods like the zhing zhongs we see here, it means politicians have opened the gates for Chinese producers to dump rubbish into zimbabwe, and they have received kickbacks for that ! so who are sellouts ? MDC or ZANU ?
      Since ZANU is in power ,it will be MDC coz they have no zbc/tv. Trump is my man, as long as i am in Zim he doesn’t bother me , he wants to trade with us he is a business man not a LYING POLITICIAN WHO cares for his job only