The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will on Monday meet with officials from the Embassy of the United States of America in Pretoria, following the recent disturbing comments attributed to President Donald Trump.
DIRCO said it will provide an opportunity to the Charges de Affaires (the second in charge) to explain the statement by President Trump, where he reportedly used expletives to describe African countries, alongside Haiti and El Savador, whose nationals are undesirable migrants into the United States.
Donald Trump defended himself on Sunday in the wake of recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations, declaring “I am not a racist”, as two Republican senators backtracked on their interpretation of the comments.
“I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you,” Trump told reporters.
South Africa said it aligns itself with the statements issued by the African Union and the Africa group of Ambassadors to the United Nations in New York.
Africa is united in its affirmation of the dignity of the people of Africa and the African diaspora.
“Relations between South Africa and the United States, and between the rest of Africa and the United States, must be based on mutual respect and understanding,” DIRCO said.
The department in its statement said it has noted President Trump’s tweet on Friday in which he denies making the crude and offensive statement.
I don’t think there is any reclaiming the idea of “shithole countries” no matter how well intended your lists and bookstore tables are. It’s fucked up.
— roxane gay (@rgay) 15 January 2018
Trump supporters now:
1) Trump never said “shithole countries.”
2) And it’s going to help him with the base.
3) And there’s nothing racist about it anyway.
4) And it was private and reporting it makes YOU the villain.
We need a stronger term than “cognitive dissonance.”
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) 14 January 2018