African nations demand Trump retract, apologize for ‘shithole’ remark

The African Union released on Friday a statement in which it called on US President Donald Trump to retract and apologize for referring to African nations as “shithole countries.” The group also implied that the Trump administration harbors misconceptions about Africa and its people.
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After an emergency meeting on Friday, the African Union, the group that represents the continent’s 55 countries, condemned US President Donald Trump’s statement in which he called African nations “shithole countries.” In a statement, the African states demanded that Trump retract and apologize for his comment.

“The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump,” the statement read. “While expressing our shock, dismay and outrage, the African Union strongly believes that there is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and its people by the current Administration. There is a serious need for dialogue between the US Administration and the African countries."

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley handed in his resignation less than 24 hours after Trump’s vulgar comment made headlines. According to his resignation letter, which was obtained by Reuters, he has decided to leave his post because he feels that he can no longer serve under Trump and his administration.

However, the US State Department insists that Feeley quit due to personal reasons. A department spokeswoman said that Feeley has informed the White House and the department of his “decision to retire for personal reasons, as of March 9 of this year.”

Trump has denied the reports about the comment he allegedly made during Thursday meeting with lawmakers on immigration in the Oval Office. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” Trump tweeted on Friday.

In a separate tweet over an hour later, Trump continued to deny the reports. “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!” he wrote.

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