The President of the Republic of Ghana fired back at President Trump Donald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE Saturday, saying his country “will not accept such insults” after Trump reportedly referred to African nations as “shithole countries.”
In a statement, the White House did not deny Trump’s “shithole” comments, but on Friday Trump denied the specific remark, saying he only used “tough” language.
Sen. Dick Durbin Richard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (D-Ill.), who was present in the meeting with Trump, said the president’s denials were “not true” because Trump “said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on Trump to apologize for the remarks, and many Democrats have accused Trump of harboring racist views.
State Department officials said Friday that multiple U.S. diplomats in Haiti and Africa were reportedly summoned to explain Trump’s remarks, and department officials reportedly warned diplomats to expect an “earful” from the countries’ officials.
The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are “shithole countries” is extremely unfortunate. We are certainly not a “shithole country”. We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) January 13, 2018