Five Countries Have Now Summoned US Diplomats Over Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remark

Five Countries Have Now Summoned US Diplomats Over Trump’s “Shithole Countries” Remark

A growing number of nations are summoning US diplomats in the wake of President Donald Trump’s “shithole” remark. Top US diplomats in South Africa and Ghana were called on to meet with those governments. Haiti, Botswana and Senegal have also summoned diplomats over the matter, and more diplomats are expected to be called this week. The calls add to the fallout over Trump’s comments last week in which he referred to African nations as “shithole countries” during an Oval Office discussion about immigration. On Friday, he denied using that language and specifically denied making derogatory comments about Haiti, and went so far as to flatly say over the weekend that he is “not a racist.” Members of South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation met with the US Embassy charge d’affaires on Monday to express concerns over Trump’s comments about immigration from certain nations. According to the statement by the department, the delegation highlighted the African diaspora’s contribution to the United States, and noted that the international reaction to the comments serves as a “united affirmation of the dignity of the people of Africa and the African diaspora.”


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