- The United Nations (UN) has reacted to President Donald Trump’s alleged vulgar remark about Haiti and other African countries
- The body said Trump’s comment is racist
- The African Union (AU) also said it is "frankly alarmed" by the president’s comment
President Donald Trump's reported remark branding Haiti, El Salvador and other African nations as "s***hole countries" has been considered racist by a UN human rights official, Rupert Coleville, the Independent reports.
Reacting to Trump’s statement, Coleville said: "If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States."
"There is no other word you can use but 'racist'.
"This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia."
Trump reportedly made the vulgar comments about Haiti, El Salvador and other African nations after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question.
He asked to know why the US would not instead accept people from places like Norway, whose prime minister he had met with the day before.
The African Union (AU), a group representing all 55 countries on the African continent, said it was "frankly alarmed" by the US President's comments.
"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice.
"This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity," AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.
Since taking office, Trump has made immigration issue one of his core areas of interest.
The White House said it will end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for several groups in the US, including Haitians and Salvadorans.
TPS is an immigration status for certain countries experiencing crises such as natural disasters or war.
Haitians became eligible for TPS following a 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean island nation, and from which it is yet to recover.
The White House said it will end the designation for Haiti by July 2019.
On Monday, January 8, the Department of Homeland Security announced it was ending TPS status for around 200,000 Salvadorans.
The privilege was given to El Salvador following a series of earthquakes in 2001.
NAIJ.com previously reported that President Trump cancelled a planned visit to the UK in February, where he had been expected to open a new $1bn (£738m) US embassy in London.
The US president tweeted he was not a "big fan" of the new embassy which is moving from Mayfair to south London and that is why he canceled his trip
He blamed Barack Obama's administration for a "bad deal" despite the fact the move was agreed under former president George W Bush.
The tweet: “Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!”
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