Ripples of United States president Donald Trump’s derogatory comments about Africans and Haitians continue in diplomatic circles despite his denial late last week.
The African Union (A.U.) envoys in Washington issued a strongly worded statement demanding a retraction and apology whiles a number of African governments have also condemned and sought clarification from U.S. envoys in their countries.
The African Union Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat also expressed dismay last week. Mahamat on Monday met with the U.S. ambassador to the A.U.
Ambassador MaryBeth Leonard assured the A.U. chief that Washington deeply respected Africans and valued the shared relationships and partnerships between the two parties.
“I received US Amb MaryBeth Leonard and took the opportunity to reiterate the African Union’s outrage at the comments attributed to Donald Trump. For a mutually beneficial partnership to flourish, we have to relate on a respectful and dignified basis,” Mahamat said in a tweet accompanied by photos of their meeting.
Trump is quoted to have said: “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They’re shithole countries … We should have more people from Norway.”
AMB Leonard had a great meeting today with @AUC_MoussaFaki @_AfricanUnion and on the occasion of #MLKDay discussed our deep respect for the people of #Africa, tolerance and our shared core values. The United States deeply values its enduring partnerships with Africa.— US Mission to the AU (@US_AU) January 15, 2018
He made the comments whiles meeting a bipartisan group of Senators at the White House on Thursday. He has tweeted today denying the use of the word.