FG quizzes United States ambassador over Trump's 'shithole' remark

Nigeria's government on Monday summoned the United States ambassador to explain reported remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump that some immigrants from Africa and Haiti come from "shithole" countries, Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, summoned the United States envoy to his office to seek clarification on the remarks.

The statement quoted Young as saying in his remarks that "there were contradicting accounts by those present as to the veracity or otherwise of the substance of the remarks".

The controversy-plagued Trump reportedly made the comment during a private meeting on immigration with select bipartisan members of congress last Thursday.

Mr. Young "reiterated the excellent relations between the United States and Nigeria", during the meeting, Mr. Brooks said.

"Trump also looks forward to building on this relationship for the mutual benefit of the two countries", the statement added.

The statement reads: "The Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, today (Monday) summoned the U.S ambassador to Nigeria to clarify issues regarding the remarks credited to the U.S President, Donald Trump, in which he was widely quoted in media report as referring to Africa countries as "shithole countries" and which he denied".

Earlier on Friday, after the alleged comment prompted a media criticisms, Botswana's government summoned its ambassador to the U.S. to ask whether Botswana was considered "a shithole".

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.



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