South Africa and Ghana are the two latest African nations to ask the US to explain why its President is calling them 'shithouse countries'.
Last week Donald Trump was reported to have referred to African nations as “shithole countries”, and now they want answers.
Undersecretary of State Steven Goldstein told CNN, Ghana and South Africa joined Botswana and Senegal in calling for top US diplomats to meet with their governments.
At a meeting in the Oval Office to discuss the protection of immigrants from Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador and African countries, Trump said: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”, according to two senators including Dick Durbin.
“I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday,” Durbin said on Friday.
“President Trump said things that were hate-filled, vile, and racist. He used those words repeatedly.”
The Washington Post also reported he singled out Haitians for special mention. With a source familiar with the meeting saying the President asked, “Why do we need more Haitians?… Take them out.”
Trump has since said his comments were “totally misrepresented” but the damage had already been done.
Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2018
Members of South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) met with the US Embassy charge d’affaires on Monday to communicate their concerns over the comments.
According to a statement issued by DIRCO on Monday evening local time, the two parties had agreed to shake hands and move on from Trump’s alleged comments, with the department noting that the international reaction to the comments serves as a “united affirmation of the dignity of the people of Africa and the African diaspora”.
“The United States Embassy and the United States Charge d’Affaires responded to the concerns of South Africa by stating that, “there has been no change in the United States’ dedication to our partners across the Continent” and that “the United States deeply respects the people of Africa and the people of South Africa, and values its partnerships with them,” the Facebook statement partly read.
Goldstein says more diplomats are expected to be summoned this week.
Haiti rally in Times Square
Times Square in New York was filled with hundreds of Haitian-Americans, and others including Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday, in protest of the remarks Trump is said to have made about Haitian immigrants last Thursday.
Haiti had the indignity of being included in Trump’s infamous list of “shithole countries”, before he asked why the US would welcome more of its citizens.
It roused others to deride the island Caribbean nation. Fox News regular Tomi Lahren tweeted: “If they aren’t shithole countries, why don’t their citizens stay there?”, and National Review editor Rich Lowry labelled the country dangerous, dirty, corrupt and poor on CNN.
If they aren’t shithole countries, why don’t their citizens stay there? Let’s be honest. Call it like it is.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) January 12, 2018
Coinciding with Martin Luther King Day, demonstrators peacefully waved Haitian flags and held up signs with messages including “peace, love, power, dream”, and ‘hey, Trump, people over profits’.