Getting into damage control mode, after his alleged “shithole” remark for African Countries, US President Donald Trump has offered a denial. In a series of tweets Trump said, “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!” Another clarification tweet from the US president read, “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!”
On Friday, in an explosive revelation, US Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the gathering, told reporters that Trump used “vile, vulgar” language, including repeatedly using the word “shithole” when speaking about African countries. The agenda of the meeting was DACA– an American immigration policy.
However, the words from Trump has failed to mitigate the outrage and he drew sharp reactions. The African Group of UN ambassadors said it was “extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media”. The United Nations slammed the reported remarks as “shocking and shameful” and “racist”.
Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki, said the comment was “clearly” racist. “This is even more hurtful given the historical reality of just how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, and also terribly surprising as the United States remains a massively positive example as just how migration can give birth to a nation,” Kalondo added.
What is DACA?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a programe that allowed individuals who entered the country illegally as minors to stay in US. A policy of renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation was adopted by the US government for them. Those immigrants were also eligible for a work permit.