In response to the distasteful remark made by the US President Donald Trump in which he referred to Africa as a “shithole”, the government of Botswana has asked the US Ambassador to Botswana to respond to the remarks made by the US President.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of International Affairs & Cooperation, the government of Botswana is the first African country to respond to the racist remark made by Mr Trump.
The statement reads;
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 enquired 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 of 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 SADC, the AU and all other progressive nations across the world to strongly condemn the remarks made by President Trump.