The African country of Botswana condemned President Trump’s comments calling African nations “shithole countries” and sent an official request to the Trump administration to “clarify” if it is one of the president’s so-called “shithole” African countries.
The country said in a statement on Friday that it had summoned its U.S. ambassador to “express its displeasure at the alleged utterances” made by Trump, adding that the comments were “highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist.”
“The Botswana Government has also enquired from the U.S. Government through the Ambassador, 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 Botswana may wish to visit the U.S.,” the statement read.
Botswana also questioned why Trump “must use this descriptor and derogatory word, when talking about countries with whom the US has had cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations for so many years.”
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Trump’s “shithole” remarks were originally reported by the Washington Post and confirmed by Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin on Friday.
The New York Daily News reports that a Haitian ambassador has “formally summoned a U.S. official” to explain Trump’s racist remarks.
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