Governments in Africa responded angrily to Trump’s « shithole countries » comments.
The government of Botswana said it had summoned the US ambassador to the southern African nation to « express its displeasure » over Trump’s reported comments, which it views as « highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist. »
« I am shocked by the words of President Trump on Haiti and Africa, » Senegalese President Macky Sall said in an official tweet.
« I reject them and condemn vigorously. Africa and the black race deserve the respect and consideration of all. »
A senior official from Somalia, also on the US list of TPS nations, told CNN that Trump’s comments were unworthy of a response.
« It sounds like fake news to me, » Somali Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman said by phone from Mogadishu. « If it’s real, it doesn’t need a response. Those comments do not deserve a response. »
Newsmakers and ordinary citizens have also reacted on social media.
South Africa’s best known morning-news anchor Leanne Manas tweeted Friday: « Good morning from the greatest most beautiful ‘shithole country’ in the world!!! »