President Trump‘s alleged “shithole” comments regarding countries in Africa, as well as Haiti, are prompting an aggressive response from one nation upset with the U.S. leader’s rhetoric.
New reports are claiming South Africa’s government will be planning a protest against Trump in an attempt to hold the president accountable for statements that he has denied making, which he has emphasized on social media.
The Hill reports the following:
“South Africa is planning to formally protest President Trump‘s reported remarks referring to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole countries.”
South Africa’s government on Monday is expected to issue a diplomatic protest to the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, CNN reported.
“The Department will provide an opportunity to the Charges de Affaires to explain the statement that African countries, alongside Haiti and El Salvador, constitute ‘shitholes’ from where migrants into the United States are undesirable,” the Department of International Relations said in a statement.
The statement noted that Trump’s denial of the reports “was not categorical, referring only to Haiti and not addressing the entirety of the statement attributed to him.”
“South Africa aligns itself with the statements issued by the African Union and the Africa group of Ambassadors to the United Nations in New York. Africa is united in its affirmation of the dignity of the people of Africa and the African diaspora,” the statement added.
“Relations between South Africa and the United States, and between the rest of Africa and the United States, must be based on mutual respect and understanding.””