Botswana has asked the US ambassador to inquire whether the African nation is one of the “shithole countries” that are referred to by US President Donald Trump.
According to CNN, the President of the United States reportedly used the said term during a meeting in reference to people from Haiti and Africa.
Reportedly, Trump stated: “Why do we want these people from all these shithole countries here? We should have more people from places like Norway.”
Trump has since claimed that he did not make use of those specific words.
Today, Trump tweeted: “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”
However, in a statement that was released this morning, the government of Botswana stated that his comments were considered to be “highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist.”
The statement said that it had summoned the government of the United States to “clarify if Botswana is regarded to be one of the “shithole” countries given the fact that there are nationals from Botswana that are residing in the United States, and also that some people of Botswana may want to visit the United States.
“The Government of Botswana is wondering why President 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.”
The said language has also been condemned by the United Nations, with Rupert Colville, a UN Spokesperson, informing reporters: “There is no other word one can use but racist.
“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”
Donald Trump has also upset the apple cart here in the United Kingdom, by declining to make a trip to London in order to open the new embassy, claiming that he does not like the new location, and accusing his predecessor of making a bad deal. However, as this article points out, there was a very good reason for the said move – which was initiated by George W Bush, not Barack Obama.