The government of Botswana has reacted to the statement attributed to President Trump. They reacted as diplomatic as they could be.
All things considered, Botswana was as diplomatic as it could be.
Its government summoned the United States ambassador on Friday and asked him to “to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a ‘shithole’ country.”
Its government also issued a statement calling the President Trumps remark “highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist.”
The statement added: “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.”
This is not the first time that President Trump has made such ill-informed remark about Africa.
In June, he said that Nigerians in the United States would never “go back to their huts” in Africa.
In September, he told African leaders that “I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich,” which to some critics sounded evocative of colonialism.
In the same month of September, he spoke of a country called Nambia, which does not exist. (He was trying to refer to Namibia.)