South Africa Just Issued a ‘Formal Response’ To Trump’s ‘S—hole’ Remark
South Africa announced Monday that it will formally protest President Trump’s reported remarks referring to Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations as “shithole countries.”
According to CNN, South Africa’s government announced that it will formally protest to the US Embassy in Pretoria on Monday, the Department of International Relations announced in a statement released to media on Sunday.
“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,” it said.
South African officials 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. 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,” the statement added.
The African Union previously demanded an apology from Trump over the comments. His comments were also condemned by a group of African ambassadors to the United Nations, who demanded a retraction and an apology.
Trump has faced widespread backlash for the comments, including from several lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with some accusing Trump of racism.
Trump claimed Friday on Twitter he “never said anything derogatory about Haitians.”
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out,'” Trump tweeted.
Trump on Sunday also pushed back on claims that he is a racist.
“No. I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” Trump told reporters while entering Trump International Golf Course, according to a White House pool report.