There’s no doubt that Donald Trump’s latest declaration, in which he called various countries “shitholes” is going to cause a way bigger scandal than we expected, besides the initial racism accusations. After United States diplomats in Haiti and other countries have been called to host government offices, in an attempt to hear complaints about the president’s comments, a report from The Washington Post reveals that another country wants to take action against him.
South Africa is also planning to take actions against Donald Trump’s remarks, after he claimed that Haiti, El Salvador and African nations are “shithole countries”, whose inhabitants aren’t suitable to emigrate in the United States.
The countries’ officials, expected to meet this week
The country’s government called for a meeting with U.S. Ambassador in Pretoria, Jessye Lapenn, as a form of diplomatic protest against the comments he made.
Until now, officials already acknowledged the president’s denial of the language he used, claiming that the denial was actually “categorical, referring only to Haiti and not addressing the entirety of the statement attributed to him.”
South African officials are looking forward to obtaining an explanation about the president’s initial statement, as well as find out why African countries, alongside Haiti and El Salvador, are considered ‘shitholes’ from where migrants are undesirable.
“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,” officials said in their statement.
Right after this request was made, U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Cindy Harvey declared for Johannesburg-based news site Daily Maverick that ambassador Jessye Lapenn will eventually visit the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on Monday.
Can this affect the relations between the U.S. and South Africa?
“We agree to the importance of strong relations between South Africa and the United States that are based on mutual respect and understanding,” Harvey told the news site. “We look forward to continuing to move forward in this relationship and remain focused on accomplishing our shared goals.”
To recall, in a Trump sent on Friday, Donald Trump denied using the above-mentioned terms when he referred to specific countries, but he admitted to have used a tough language during the negotiations regarding the immigration legislation.