Former president John Mahama has slammed controversial US President Donald Trump for describing African countries as shitholes.
The American President made the remarks when lawmakers visited him on Thursday to discuss a bipartisan proposal that would impose new restrictions on immigration but protect the so-called "Dreamers" – hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the US illegally as children – from deportation.
Mr Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the US should instead be taking in migrants from countries like Norway.
However, responding to Trump’s comments on his Twitter handle Friday, Mr Mahama said the American President was demonstrating that he was nothing but a racist pursuing a policy of ‘Make America White Again.’
“Africans and Haitians come from ‘shithole’ countries? Isn’t Trump demonstrating that he’s nothing but a racist and pursuing a policy of ‘Make America White Again’? I congratulate Botswana for showing the way. Our AU Presidents must respond strongly to this insult,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile the African Union has demanded an apology from President Donald Trump.
The group's mission in Washington DC expressed its "shock, dismay and outrage" and said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans.