- South Africa’s foreign ministry took issue with Trump’s controversial remarks
- The South African foreign ministry claimed relations must be based on ‘based on mutual respect and understanding’
- Trump was widely criticized this week after calling African countries and Haiti ‘s***holes’
South Africa has protested to the U.S. embassy in Pretoria about reported remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump that some immigrants from Africa and Haiti come from ‘s***hole’ countries.
South Africa’s foreign ministry called the remarks, which sources said Trump made earlier this week during a meeting on immigration legislation, ‘crude and offensive’ and said Trump’s subsequent denial was not categorical.
‘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 foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
South Africa’s foreign ministry (foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane pictured above) has called out President Donald Trump after his crude remarks about African nations
It said it would ask the second-in-charge of the U.S. embassy to explain Trump’s comments on Monday.
Trump was widely condemned by many African countries and by international rights organisations for the comments.
Botswana’s foreign ministry earlier summoned the U.S. ambassador in protest.
According to reports, President Trump made disparaging comments about immigrants from Haiti and Africa, and made the insensitive remark in regards to immigration from those countries.
His comments have been widely criticized across the political spectrum, creating even more controversy in an already controversial administration. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, who was apparently at the meeting where the remarks were said, has called Trump’s words ‘hate filled’.
Trump’s comments have created the latest controversy to come out of Washington during his relatively young presidency