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Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:48 AM

Botswana Carpets U.S. Ambassador Over Trump 'Sh**hole' Slur

Source: HuffPoZA

Botswana on Friday summoned the U.S. ambassador to "express its displeasure" over U.S. President Donald Trump's "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist" reference to African nations as "shithole countries".

In a statement, our northern neighbour used a polite, diplomatic tone to highlight just how egregious Trump's remark was, and just how unsuited the former reality-TV performer is for any role that requires international diplomacy.

"The Botswana government has also enquired from the U.S. government through the ambassador, to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a 'sh**hole' country, given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the U.S., and also that some of Batswana may wish to visit the US," the statement from Botswana's ministry of international affairs and cooperation said.

"The government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with [which] the U.S. has had cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations for so many years."

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Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/2018/01/12/botswana-carpets-u-s-ambassador-over-trump-sh-hole-slur_a_23331845/



Full text of the press release from the Botswana government in this tweet from them:






And since it's a press release, I can copy the full text here:

The Ministry of International Affairs & Cooperation wishes to inform the public and the international community that the government of Botswana today summoned the US ambassador to Botswana to express its displeasure at the alleged utterances made by the president of the US‚ Donald Trump‚ when he referred to African countries and others as “shithole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House on Thursday 11 January 2018.

The Botswana government has also inquired from the US government through the ambassador to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a “shithole” country‚ given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the US‚ and also that some Batswana may wish to visit the US.

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.

Botswana has accepted US citizens within her borders over the years and continues to host US guests and senior government officials‚ including a congressional delegation that will come to Botswana at the end of this month; that is why we view the utterances by the current American president as highly irresponsible‚ reprehensible and racist.

Botswana calls on the Southern African Development Community‚ the African Union and all other progressive nations across the world to strongly condemn the remarks made by President Trump.

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