African ambassadors to United Nations blast Trump remark as 'racist'

'I am not a racist,' Trump says after disparaging comments about Haiti, African nations

Moussa Faki Mahamat the African Union Chairperson tweeted last night: "I am appalled by the unfortunate remarks attributed to the President of the United States on migrants from African countries, Haiti and Salvador".

The U.S. president reportedly made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday.

The eighth anniversary of the quake took place after reported remarks from President Donald Trump referring to Haiti and other nations as "shithole countries" during a briefing on draft immigration legislation.

Samantha Power, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, wrote on Twitter that she had "never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United Nations". "All of those are coded words that mean fewer brown, black and yellow immigrants into a white nation". They are all talk and no action.

Anthony Scaramucci, whose brief tenure as White House communications director ended shortly after his expletive-filled comments about his administration colleagues appeared in The New Yorker, said Trump "is not a racist".

"Immigration is not tied to Donald Trump". Trump allegedly said after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question. Two Trump allies who were in attendance, Sens.

The White House and Mr Trump have repeatedly brushed aside those implications.

Sessions is a longtime critic of the country's system that allows people with relatives in the United States a chance to apply for visas. Barely a year ago, America's first black president, Barack Obama, marked his final King Day in office with his usual community service; now, his successor is presiding over a racial backlash the country has hardly seen in more than a generation. But instead of winning Trump's support, as they had expected, the president launched into a broadside against immigration from Haiti and Africa. The U.S. Military also carries out training and advisory missions in other African countries, with hundreds of troops performing that mission in Niger and Somalia.

The remarks leaked out, transforming a debate about saving from deportation some 700,000 young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children into another drama about Trump himself. "It's a mistake to focus on what country anybody comes from".

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" But Andrew Selee, president of the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute in Washington, said recent data suggest the current system may be headed there already: Since 2011, 48 per cent of all new legal immigrants have possessed college degrees, well above the 33 per cent of USA residents with them.

Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, protecting them from deportation following the 2010 quake, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month.

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