SA to demarche U.S. embassy official over Trump 'sh*thole' remarks - Dirco

African Union Trump 's***hole' remarks dishonor 'American creed'

"The Government of Botswana is wondering 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", said the statement.

"The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the USA has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years", wrote the Botswana Ministry of International Affairs in a statement.

Group of African ambassadors to the United Nations condemn "xenophobic" comment by U.S. president and call for retraction.

The ambassadors' reaction comes after the 55-nation African Union said it was "frankly alarmed".

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.

"This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia", he told reporters at a briefing in Geneva Friday.

Trump's latest comments have sparked global outrage and have been widely condemned as racist and extremely offensive. There is no other word you can use but "racist".

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as shitholes".

Haiti's government said Trump's reported comments shows a "racist view of the Haitian community", while El Salvador sent a formal letter of protest to the United States saying Trump had "implicitly" accepted the use of "harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries". Never said "take them out". I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.

Speaking to Xinhua, Abebe Ayente, senior researcher at Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies (EFRSS), a local think tank, said the comments will further reduce the influence of USA on the global stage.

"It is incomprehensible that these words came out of the mouth of the president of the United States of America, a country that was founded on being free from discrimination", said Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican congresswoman.

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