Consequently, the AU Chairperson is calling on Member States, regional economic communities, civil society organizations together with citizens (women, men and young people alike), AU organs and all other stakeholders to work together, in 2018 and beyond, so as to lift the burden of corruption out of the lives of the millions of Africans affected, particularly the poor and marginalized groups in the society.
It said the "remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity". After an emergency meeting today at UN, Africa group says it "is extremely appalled at...outrageous and xenophobic remarks" attributed to Trump and "demands a retraction and an apology".
The Botswana government has inquired from the U.S. government through the U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the U.S., and also that some of Batswana may wish to visit the United States. Trump allegedly said after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question.
"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said to the Associated Press.
Many of those troops are based at a U.S. base in the East African country of Djibouti.
The United Nations has meanwhile slammed the reported remarks as "shocking and shameful" and "racist".
"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said Rupert Coleville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"President Trump, One day, I'll take you to a "s***hole" country called Ghana", wrote Ghanaian Edmond Prime Sarpong on Facebook.
The Mission also demanded a retraction of the statement and an apology from the U.S. President.
Addressing the media ahead of the ANC's January 8 statement in East London, deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte described Trump's comments as "unfortunate".
Trump was widely condemned by many African countries and by global rights organisations for the comments.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"
"He didn't just name a white country, he named the whitest - so white they wear moon-screen", he said.