US embassy tries to calm Africa’s Trump outrage

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s comments on Africa and Haiti (all times local):

10:50 p.m.

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa says the United States “deeply respects the people of Africa” as President Donald Trump’s remark about immigrants from Africa causes outrage across the continent.

The U.S. embassy says on Twitter “there has been no change in our dedication to partners and friends across the continent.”

African leaders have expressed shock and disgust at Trump’s comment.

The chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, calls the remarks “unfortunate” and says he is “all the more dismayed as the USA is a unique example of how migration contributes to nation-building based on values of diversity, tolerance and opportunity.”

Botswana’s government called Trump’s comment “reprehensible and racist” and summoned the U.S. ambassador to explain.

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10 p.m.

The U.N. spokesman says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has repeatedly said that “the dignity, equality and human rights of refugees and migrants has to be respected everywhere.”

Stephane Dujarric responded Friday to questions seeking the U.N. chief’s reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments questioning why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole” countries in Africa saying Trump has denied making those comments.

Dujarric referred reporters to Guterres’ speech Thursday on migration. In that, Guterres urged all countries to focus on the overwhelmingly positive contributions of migrants and use “facts not prejudice.” The U.N. chief warned that authorities who erect obstacles “inflict needless economic self-harm” and “unintentionally encourage illegal migration.”

The message appeared clearly aimed at European countries, the United States and other nations that restricted migration.

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7:25 p.m.

El Salvador says it has sent a diplomatic protest note to the United States expressing the country’s “resounding rejection” of a remark attributed to President Donald Trump.

The Central American nation’s Foreign Ministry says in a statement that “El Salvador demands respect for its brave and dignified people.”

During an Oval Office meeting Thursday, Trump reportedly questioned the need for more immigrants from Haiti and used disparaging language to refer to countries in Africa.

The meeting was held to discuss a possible bipartisan immigration deal. Earlier this week, the U.S. announced that it is rescinding Temporary Protected Status for around 200,000…

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