US embassy tries to calm Africa's Trump outrage

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The U.S. Embassy in South Africa said 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 said 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 said 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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