Did Botswana Condemn Trump's Alleged 'Shithole' Slur Toward African Countries?

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group "shithole countries" at a meeting with Congress members at the White House on Thursday, according to United States media.

President Donald Trump's reportedly labelled African nations and Haiti at a bipartisan immigration meeting as "s**thole" while asking for more immigration from places like Norway.

Controversy is swirling about claims that President Donald Trump made a vulgar comment about struggling countries and their immigrants.

Trump denied in a pair of tweets on Friday that he made the comment, but referred to Haiti as a "very poor and troubled country".

Trump later tweeted that the language he used was tough, but not the language being reported. "Why do we want people from Haiti here?"

In a statement it said it had asked the USA government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there.

But Democratic Senator Dick Durbin who was reportedly at the meeting said the USA president used "shitholes" in the context of African countries.

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"But they have no confirmation yet", Saati said.

Rebecca Black, an immigration lawyer in Jacksonville, said the city has immigrants from all over the world, and they are closely watching the DACA issue.

The controversial comments were brought up while the president argued against opening the USA borders to Haitians and Africans fleeing poverty, starvation, and violence in their homelands. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), came in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform. I want safety and security for our people.

In Rosen's opinion, the focus should be on protecting Haitians' status in the U.S.

Many social media users accused the president of being a "pathological liar" with one person saying: "Nobody believes you Trump!"

"This is very much a vile and disgusting comment coming from the president of the United States", he added. It has always sparked fierce debates in the U.S. about whether to brand Trump as a racist and a xenophobe. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

Trump's comments were immediately denounced as racist and xenophobic at home and overseas, by the United Nations human rights office and politicians from the countries named.

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