South Africa foreign ministry has issued a diplomatic protest to the United States on Monday following President Trump’s “shithole countries” comments.
Diplomats from South Africa met with the US Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires Monday to express their concerns.
In a statement, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) didn’t specifically mention the vulgarity but said it was concerned about “statements that were allegedly made by President Donald Trump” concerning African nations.
DIRCO also noted South Africa’s contributions to the United States and said international reactions “clearly serve as a united affirmation of the dignity of the people of Africa and the African diaspora.”
The US Embassy and its top diplomat responded to the protest saying, “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 … South Africa.”
President Trump reportedly made the “shithole” comment during a private meeting on immigration with select bipartisan members of congress last Thursday and he came out on Friday to deny such claims, telling journalists he’s not a racist.
Meanwhile, top US diplomats in South Africa and Ghana have been summoned to meet with the governments on Monday.
The governments of Haiti, Botswana and Senegal also summoned US diplomats in those countries in the past few days. The US State Department is expecting more diplomats to be called in this week.
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