Haiti's ambassador to Washington, Paul Altidor, said it was distressing that attention was drawn to the comments on the anniversary and day of remembrance for about 220,000 people killed on the island by the quake.More news: Trump declared in 'excellent health' after first medical checkup as president
The Botswana government summoned its USA ambassador "to clarify whether Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country," The Washington Post reported. The meeting revolved around a bipartisan proposal to restore protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries as part of a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The last time Trump publicly referred to Africa was when we made up a new country, "Nambia" while addressing African leaders in Washington.
The president has apparently denied the reported comments, stating on Twitter that "the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat who was in the Oval Office on Thursday for the now-infamous immigration meeting, spoke out publicly Friday morning to insist that the reporting of what Trump said (and about whom) was entirely accurate. "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "s...holes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said.More news: Trump Says Administration Taking Look At Current Libel Laws
Botswana also said it had summoned the United States ambassador to that country, Earl Miller, to "express its displeasure" and had asked Miller whether Botswana "is regarded as a "shithole" country".
Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican from SC, told the Post and Courier that Sen.
The American ideal is embraced by people all over the globe. Dau, who spends time working on South Sudan issues, said many Africans contribute to American society in a very positive way.More news: Western New Yorkers react to Haiti comments