Botswana fires back over ‘shithole’ comment

The government of Botswana has fired back at President Donald Trump over his comments calling African countries and others “shithole” countries and is calling on other nations to condemn his remarks as well.

“The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word, when talking about countries with whom the U.S. has had cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations for so many years,” the Republic of Botswana said in a statement.

“Botswana has accepted U.S. citizens within her borders over the years and continues to host U.S. guests and senior government officials, including a Congressional delegation that will come to Botswana at the end of this month,” the statement also noted. “That is why we view the utterances by the current American President as highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist.”

Botswana urged the Southern African Development Community, an intergovernmental organization comprised 15 member states, as well as the African Union and “all other progressive nations across the world” to take a stand against Trump’s statements.

Trump on Friday appeared to deny using this particular phrase, tweeting “the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”

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