Washington: After calling African countries ‘shithole countries’, United States President Donald Trump has said that he is not racist, reported the Washington Post.
“Nah, I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you,” said Trump.
US President in a meeting in the Oval Office last week had said that people from ‘Shithole countries’ like El Salvador, Haiti and certain African countries were allowed in the US. He had added that they should take immigrants from countries like Norway instead.
The White House didn’t dispute the President’s use of vulagar words against poor countries.
The UN’s human rights office on Friday said derogatory remarks made by US President Donald Trump regarding the nations of El Salvador and Haiti were “racist”. Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights, condemned Trump’s characterisation of the two countries as “s**tholes” during a meeting on Thursday with lawmakers on a bipartisan immigration deal, Efe news agency reported.
“These comments by the President of the US are surprising and shameful,” Colville said. “I’m sorry, but they cannot be defined as anything other than racist.”
Trump also denied that he had spoiled chances for an immigration overhaul in Congress by using a derogatory term to describe few poor countries.
The African Union also lashed out at Trump for his comments and demanded an apology.
In a tweet on Sunday, Trump said the Obama-era immigration programme “DACA” is “probably dead”, despite the federal government resumed accepting applications for the same on Saturday.