Trump denies referring to countries as ‘shithole’

Patience Ndinawe

Patience Ndinawe

, News

United States president Donald Trump has come out to clear the air about the language he used during a meeting with lawmakers over protection for immigrants from several countries including Africa when he referred to them as ‘shithole’.

In a tweet from his official handle, Trump conceded the language he used was tough before denying using the word which has now become viral.

“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,” Trump tweeted on Friday.

Following the reports of the words by the US President, Trump has received a lot of criticism from various officials and countries, the latest being Botswana, from Southern Africa.

In a statement on Friday afternoon, the Botswana government said they had   summoned the US ambassador in Goborone to express their displeasure at the utterances.

In a statement dated January,12, the Internal Affairs Ministry has referred to Trump as being “highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist.”

The Southern Africa country also demanded for answers as to why the US president would use descriptor and derogatory language in reference to Africans, with whom the US has for many years had cordial, mutual and bilateral relations for many years.

It is alleged that Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as ‘Shithole countries’ during an oval office meeting about immigration on Thursday.

The United Nations has also come out to condemn Trump over the remarks they described as being racist.

“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,” the UN human rights spokesperson, Rupert Colville told a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday.

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