- The government of Botswana has reacted to the vulgar remark allegedly made by President Donald Trump about Haiti and other African countries
- Botswana condemns the statement as racist and reprehensible
- It further calls on Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU) and all other world leaders to condemn the remark
Botswana has summoned the US Ambassador to Botswana to express its displeasure at the alleged utterances made by the president of the US, Donald Trump.
Trump allegedly referred to Haiti and other African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House on Thursday, January 11.
The Botswana government asked President Trump to clarify if the country is also regarded as a “shithole” country given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the US, and also that some Botswana may wish to visit the US.
In a statement released by the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation, the government of Botswana says the statement by the US president as ‘highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist' and summons the US ambassador to the country for further clarification.
Read the statement: The Ministry of International Affairs & Cooperation wishes to inform the public and the international community that the Government of Botswana, today summoned the US Ambassador to Botswana to express its displeasure at the alleged utterances made by the President of the US, Donald Trump, when he referred to African countries and others as “shithole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House on Thursday 11 January 2018.
The Botswana Government has also enquired from the US Government through the Ambassador, to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a “shithole” country given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the US, and also that some of Batswana may wish to visit the US.
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.
Botswana has accepted US citizens within her borders over the years and continues to host US guests and senior government officials, including a Congressional delegation that will come to Botswana at the end of this month; that is why we view the utterances by the current American President as highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist.
Botswana calls on Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union and all other progressive nations across the world to strongly condemn the remarks made by President Trump.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that President Trump's reported remark was considered racist by a UN human rights official, Rupert Coleville.
Reacting to Trump’s statement, Coleville said: "If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States."
"There is no other word you can use but 'racist'.
"This isn't just a story about vulgar language; it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia.”
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