AU saddened, alarmed by Trump’s “shithole countries” remarks

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The African Union says it is both saddened and alarmed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s statements on African migrants.

AU Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat says the sentiments are unacceptable, especially coming from the president of a country that is meant to lead by example when it comes to issues of migration.

The U.S. president was on Friday alleged to have described certain nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting in which he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Through a Twitter post however, he denied using such language.

“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!” he tweeted.

The alleged statement angered many Africans and blacks worldwide, most of whom accused Trump of being racist.

In reaction, the Botswana government summoned the U.S. Ambassador to Botswana to express displeasure at the alleged utterances.