Trump after 's---hole' reports tells African leaders he 'deeply respects' them

  • Trump after 's---hole' reports tells African leaders he 'deeply respects' them

Trump after 's---hole' reports tells African leaders he 'deeply respects' them

After sparking worldwide outrage for reportedly calling African nations "shithole countries", US President Donald Trump has issued a letter to African leaders saying he "deeply respects" the continent and its people.

The missive, sent after Trump reportedly referred to African nations as "shithole countries", addressed leaders ahead of the African Union summit being held this weekend in Ethiopia.

In the letter, Trump does not acknowledge the reported comments, therefore there was no apology but said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would make a "extended visit" in March.

USA diplomats have scrambled for days to address shock and condemnation after Trump's reported comparison of African nations to a dirty toilet.

Trump's remarks, made in the White House, came as Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on a newly drafted immigration bill being touted by a bipartisan group of senators, according to the sources, who asked not to be identified.

Many in Africa were taken aback by the comments after almost a year of little attention to Africa by the Trump administration.

The letter comes as African nations are gathering for the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, where Trump's remarks are expected to be a hot topic.

The President insisted in the letter that the U.S.

In the letter to the AU, Trump goes personal and even compliments individual AU leaders for their good leadership.

The letter does not include details about Tillerson's upcoming visit.

An AU spokeswoman has said the organization was "frankly alarmed" by Trump's remark, and a number of African nations have spoken out or summoned US diplomats for an explanation.

The State Department's Bureau of African Affairs, trying to calm things down, has tweeted that "the United States will continue to robustly, enthusiastically and forcefully engage" with African countries.

In the days that followed, US diplomats scrambled to address the fallout from the comments.