US President Donald Trump took to his social media account to deny he labelled Africa and Haiti as coming from “shithole” countries.
Trump on Thursday questioned why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as “shithole countries”, Reuters reports.
His remarks sparked worldwide outrage.
The United Nations human rights office rejected as “racist” and inciting xenophobia the reported remarks by Trump.
“These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. There is no other word one can use but ‘racist’,” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing when asked about the comments.
“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome,” he added.
The issue was more than “vulgar language”, Colville said.
“It’s about opening the door to humanity’s worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia that will potentially disrupt and destroy lives of many people.”
Botswana, on the other hand, summoned the US ambassador to Botswana and asked him to clarify if Botswana is among nations referenced by Trump.