The United Nations logo is pictured in front of the United Nations Headquarters building during the 71st United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., Sep 22, 2016. (Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

GENEVA - Reuters
UN rights office decries Trump's reported remarks as "racist"

The United Nations human rights office on Friday (Jan 12) rejected as "racist" reported remarks by US President Donald Trump describing immigrants from Africa and Haiti.

Trump on Thursday questioned why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries," according to two sources familiar with the comments.

"There is no other word one can use but 'racist'," UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing when asked about the comments. 

"You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 'shitholes', whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome."

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