In a blistering statement, the union’s diplomatic mission in Washington also accused Mr Trump of dishonouring America by supposedly using foul language to describe Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African nations during a discussion about immigration.
The Washington Mission of the African Union said the US President didn’t just need to apologise to Africans, he should be saying sorry to all people of African descent, all over the world.
It added to the pressure on Mr Trump by issuing a statement saying: “The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity.
“The African Union Mission condemns the comments in the strongest terms and demands a retraction of the comment as well as an apology not only to Africans but to all people of African descent around the globe.”
The Washington Mission’s demands follows earlier statements issued by the African Union from its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in which the organisation reportedly made clear its “alarm” at Mr Trump’s “very racist” comments.
Spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo was quoted as saying: “Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, [Mr Trump’s] statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice.
“This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity.
“We believe that a statement like this hurts our shared global values on diversity, human rights and reciprocal understanding.”
The African Union demand for an apology is likely…