African Union ‘alarmed’ by Trump’s s---hole comments

African Union ‘alarmed’ by Trump’s s---hole comments
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The African Union said it was “frankly alarmed” by a report that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us 'and you will suffer' Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump 'often tells the truth' MORE called African nations “shithole countries.”

“Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice,” AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo told The Associated Press.

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“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.”

Other African leaders have similarly spoken out against Trump’s comments.

Botswana’s government called Trump’s comment “reprehensible and racist” and has reportedly summoned the U.S. ambassador to see if Trump had made the remark in reference to the country, the AP reported.

The African National Congress of South Africa also slammed the remarks as “extremely offensive.”

South African opposition leader Mmusi Maimane called the comments “abhorrent,” adding, “the hatred of [former President] Obama’s roots now extends to an entire continent," according to the AP.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Trump had made the comments — which referred to El Salvador and Haiti in addition to African nations — during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on immigration.

The White House didn’t deny that Trump had made the remarks, but Trump disputed the report in a tweet Friday.