African Union slams 'hurtful, upsetting' Trump remark

Trump made his controversial statement when he met United States legislators who came to see him about a bipartisan - meaning it is supported by Democrats and Republicans - bill on immigration, which Trump rejected.

The group, which represents the 55 countries on the African continent, said that Trump's remarks "dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", and that the administration has a "huge misunderstanding" of the continent.

"There is a serious need for dialogue between the US Administration and the African countries". At least one more African leader spoke up on Saturday.

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said Rupert Coleville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Social media users across the continent posted images of modern skylines and handsome nature from their countries with the hashtag "s***hole". "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries".

"First stop would be Osu Castle, Elmina Castle, and the over 40 Forts that detained about 30 million slaves, beaten and shipped out like sardine cans and then I will tell you the history of Africa and why people like you made that a "s***hole" continent". Some conservative commentators pushed that narrative following the news.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the Washington Post quoted him as saying.

Some acknowledged problems in their countries, but blamed this on their poor leaders as well as western nations.

Lewis said that Trump had undermined 25 years of African goodwill towards the U.S. "to essentially give the back of his hand to 49 countries south of the Sahara creates real problems in many ways".

But Juba businesswoman Jenny Jore, 31, said Mr Trump's remarks were "on point". We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.

Many Nigerians on Twitter agreed that their country was a "s***hole", but said it was "our s***hole" to criticise.

Why allow immigrants from shithole countries?

"The African Union condemns the comments in the strongest terms and demands a retraction of the comment as well as an apology to not only Africans but to all people of African descent around the globe", it said.

The US has about a little over 6,000 forces in Africa in about 53 different countries, where they focus on countering extremist groups and illicit activity, as well as peacekeeping, humanitarian aid and disaster response.

Making reference to Trump's reported derogatory comments about Haiti, ambassadors expressed solidarity with the people of Haiti "and others that have been similarly denigrated".

South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of America's The Daily Show, described himself as an offended citizen of "South Shithole" and also criticised Mr Trump's preferred choice of Norway for immigrants.

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