After alleged reports that President Donald Trump called African countries ‘sh**holes’, the United Nations has decided to brand him a ‘racist’.
According to a Washington Post and CNN report, the statement was reported by two people who were briefed on a meeting that Trump had with members of Congress and then leaked the comments.
‘Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?’ Trump allegedly said.
Reportedly he was speaking about Haitians and various citizens of African nations.
‘Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out,’ he said during the meeting, reports CNN.
Via Daily Mail: Trump is said to have made the derogatory comments while asking members of Congress why the U.S. should accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa, rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal.
In a flurry of tweets on Friday morning, the president denied using the vulgar phrase but admitted ‘tough’ language was used in the meeting.
But by the time Trump had issued a denial, UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville had already branded his comments as ‘racist’.
He said: ‘If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but racist.
‘You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as s***holes whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.
‘The positive comment on Norway makes the underlying sentiment very clear.’
He continued: ‘Like the earlier comments made vilifying Mexicans and Muslims, the policy proposals targeting entire groups on grounds of nationality or religion, and the reluctance to clearly condemn the anti-semitic and racist actions of the white supremacists in Charlottesville – all of these go against the universal values the world has been striving so hard to establish since World War II and the Holocaust.
‘This is not just a story about vulgar language, it’s about opening the door wider to humanity’s worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia that will potentially disrupt and destroy the lives of many people.
‘That is perhaps the single most damaging and dangerous consequence of this type of comment by a major political figure.’
UK Prime Minister Theresa May, whose invitation to visit London Trump snubbed today, ‘does not agree’ with Trump’s remarks, her office said.
A Downing Street spokesman said he would not comment on ‘alleged private remarks’, but when asked if the Prime Minister viewed the countries Mr Trump was referring to as ‘s***holes’, the spokesman replied:
The African Union continental body said it was ‘frankly alarmed’ by Trump’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 behavior and practice,’ Ebba Kalondo, AU spokeswoman, said.
‘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.’
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress went even further and called Trump’s comments ‘extremely offensive.’