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During a meeting on the 11th of January in the Oval Office President Donald Trump made remarks about different African nations. The meeting was held to talk about immigration in the country with the lawmakers. It is said that he was referring to these African nations as “s—hole countries” when he was asked if people from Haiti should be allowed in the country.
Botswana, Ghana, Haiti, Namibia, Senegal and the African Nations are all in protest to President Trump’s remarks. This is breaking the bond between the U.S. and Africa since the African leaders refuse to believe President Trump’s denial of the remarks and still find him “flat-out racist”. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin was someone that was present at the meeting, said that the “vile” phrase from President Trump was made “repeatedly” about the nations.
The phrases said by President Trump could set back the American’s interests in Africa. With South Africa being one of the U.S.’s closest allies and the third largest economy in Africa at the moment. The U.S. has interest in Africa that includes battling Islamist insurgencies, reducing political instability, rapidly urbanizing, and the continent is rich in natural resources.
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up of Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!” was a tweet sent out from President Trump when he brings up the remarks about Haiti. Soon after the meeting was held.
The following Monday, January 15th, after the meeting, President Trump came out to the press saying that these remarks were never said. President Trump sent out a tweet saying, “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”.