The government of Botswana on Friday summoned the US ambassador to express its displeasure at recent comments attributed to US President Donald J. Trump in which he referred to African countries as sh*thole countries during a bi-partisan U.S Immigration policy meeting earlier on Thursday this week.
A statement from The Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation said, “The Botswana government has also inquired from the U.S. government through the ambassador, to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a ‘sh**hole’ country, given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the U.S., and also that some of Batswana may wish to visit the US,”.
The statement from the Botswana government wonders 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 ministry described Trumps as highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist.
Botswana further called on other countries in the SADC and African Union and all other progressive nations across the world to strongly condemn the remarks made by President Trump. In his usual style, Trump took to Twitter to deny the allegations saying that he had used tough language claiming he never said anything derogatory about Haitians.