Despite being invited to a meeting with U.S. government representatives Thursday, African nations did not receive an apology for President Donald Trump’s alleged “s***hole” comment.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley spent time with the 54-nation African Group at the United Nations to discuss topics such as the war on terror and battling HIV.
According to Equatorial Guinea’s U.N. Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba, Haley told them, “Africa is very important for the United States,” but did not apologize for the comments made by President Trump during a White House meeting on immigration last week.
Haley insisted to the African Group that she was not at the DACA meeting nor was she sure what the President actually said. Haley did, however, admit that she regretted the situation and asserted that Trump “always has been talking very highly of Africa.”
“We appreciate the fact that she came, and she talked about all the cooperation between the United States and Africa, and that Africa is very important for the United States,” Ndong Mba said, as reported by the Daily Mail. The Ambassador would still like to hear an official apology from the White House. “We do hope that that (apology) will come,” he said.
Trump reportedly referred to Haiti and African nations as “s***hole countries” during a fiery meeting about a potential bipartisan immigration deal, though he has denied using such language.
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
The African Group condemned Trump’s “outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks” and demanded an immediate retraction and apology.