In Summary
  • The UN slammed Mr Trump’s reported description of African nations and Haiti, saying it was “shocking and shameful” and “racist”.

  • He then suggested the US should instead welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister met Mr Trump on Wednesday and whose population is overwhelmingly white.

Washington, Friday

US President Donald Trump’s use of an obscene word to describe African countries and Haiti has sparked fury and left many media scratching their heads on whether to repeat the slur. The slur came on the eighth anniversary of the Haiti earthquake which killed over 200,000 people.

The UN slammed Mr Trump’s reported description of African nations and Haiti, saying it was “shocking and shameful” and “racist”.

“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’,” said Mr Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN human rights office.

Mr Trump made the disrespectful remark when he met with lawmakers at the White House to discuss a proposed bipartisan deal that would limit immigrants from bringing family members into the US, and restrict the green card visa lottery.

GREEN CARD

He then suggested the US should instead welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister met Mr Trump on Wednesday and whose population is overwhelmingly white.

He later implied that he did not describe African and other states as “shithole countries” during a meeting with legislators over immigration.

“This was not the language used,” he said in a tweet. Across the world, many non-English language media outlets had difficulties translating Mr Trump’s colourful epithet into local languages.

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