The Federal Government has summoned the United States ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, over the derogatory remarks by President Donald Trump.
Trump had in a fit lambasted immigrants, stating that they were coming from ‘shithole’ countries, a statement that annoyed many concerned nations and generated serious criticisms from the African Union and others.
Symington is expected to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama later today.
Meanwhile, South Africa has also summoned a top U.S. Embassy official for a Monday meeting over President Donald Trump’s alleged remarks that African nations are “shithole countries.”
Trump’s alleged comments caused shock internationally and incurred allegations of racism, with the UN, the African Union and many individual African governments denouncing it.
In a statement on the Monday summons, the South African government referred to Trump’s comments as “disturbing” and said that while Trump has tweeted a denial, it “was not categorical.”
“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,” the statement said.
On Friday, after the alleged comment prompted a media storm, Botswana’s government summoned its ambassador to the US to ask whether Botswana was considered “a shithole.”
South African politicians have reacted with disbelief regarding the remarks.
Recall that Donald Trump has insisted he is not racist following the international outcry over the offensive comment he is accused of making about some African, central American and Caribbean countries.
The US president was criticised by the UN and the African Union (AU) after it was credibly reported that he had referred to Haiti, El Salvador and nations in Africa as “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting on Thursday.
Trump defended himself on Sunday, telling reporters “I am not a racist” as he arrived for dinner at his private golf club with the House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy.
“I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you,” he said.