South Africa will issue a formal diplomatic protest to the U.S. over President Trump’s reported remarks about “shithole countries,” the country’s foreign ministry said Sunday. “The Department will provide an opportunity to the Charges de Affaires to explain the statement that African countries, alongside Haiti and El Salvador, constitute 'shitholes' from where migrants into the United States are undesirable,” the ministry’s Department of International Relations said in a statement. While Trump denied using the phrase “shithole countries,” the South African government noted that his denial was “not categorical” and had failed to address “the entirety of the statement attributed to him.” South Africa’s protest is just the latest fallout of the scandal, with the African Union and the African group of ambassadors to the United Nations having earlier condemned the remarks. Top U.S. diplomats in South Africa, Ghana, Haiti, Botswana, and Senegal have reportedly been summoned to answer for Trump’s comments.
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