African countries unite at UN against Trump slur
All African countries at the United Nations have unanimously demanded that US President Donald Trump retract and apologise for his reported denunciation of immigration from "s***hole" nations.
The African Group of UN ambassadors is "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media," a statement said.
After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the group said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the US administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour."
While demanding a "retraction and an apology" from Mr Trump, the 54 countries also thanked those Americans "from all walks of life who have condemned the remarks."
The resolution was passed unanimously after four hours of discussions.
"For once, we are all on the same page," an ambassador told AFP.
The ambassadors did not consult their governments before issuing the resolution, he said, adding that some could now expect to receive phone calls from their capitals because of the text's strong tone.
Mr Trump's comments were allegedly made on Thursday at a White House meeting with politicians on immigration reform.
After lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador, the president reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from "s***hole countries," rather than - for instance - wealthy and overwhelmingly white Norway.
He tweeted a convoluted denial yesterday in an attempt to quell outrage both at home and abroad.
Earlier, the 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks, while Botswana and Sene gal hauled in the US ambassador to complain.
The comment "truly flies in the face of accepted behavior and practice," said Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki.
Western Sahara is not recognised as a sovereign state by the UN and thus not included in its African Group.
It is, however, part of the African Union, which Morocco left in 1984 over the body's recognition of the disputed territory's independence, before rejoining it last year.
White House doctor says Trump in 'excellent health'
The White House physician pronounced the US President to be in "excellent health" after Mr Trump had his first medical exam as president yesterday.
It comes after a week in which his mental fitness for the job was under intense scrutiny.
Mr Trump spent about three hours with military doctors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, an exam that White House doctor Ronny Jackson said went "exceptionally well."
"The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday," Mr Jackson said in a brief statement distributed by the White House.
The exam came after a new best-selling book 'Fire and Fury' portrayed Mr Trump, 71, as unfocused and childlike.
The White House has faced a barrage of questions over his contradictory messages on key policies and an incident last month where he slurred some words while giving a speech.
The White House determines what data will be released from the exam.
Mr Trump is not compelled to release any information, and there is no template for the presidential exam. Mr Jackson is expected to take questions about the results from reporters on Tuesday.Source: Google News