Nicaragua piles on Trump criticism after slur

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 16 2018 08:20 AM

US President Donald Trump. File Photo

MANAGUA - Nicaragua on Monday joined the international chorus of criticism directed at US President Donald Trump over his reported slur against some poor nations.

Trump's reported description of African state, Haiti and El Salvador as "shithole countries" in a meeting on migration was "racist... disrespectful and humiliating," the office of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said in a statement.

The Nicaraguan presidency expressed solidarity with countries and regional organizations that have slammed the derogatory term.

Those sharply criticizing Trump include Botswana, El Salvador, Ghana, Haiti, Nigeria, the 15-nation Caribbean Community, the African Union and the African Group of UN ambassadors.

Trump has responded to the outcry by telling reporters "I'm not a racist."

He denied making the offensive remarks, despite two senators who attended the meeting confirming the accuracy of the news reports about the words Trump used.

Two other senators from Trump's ruling Republican Party called the reports a "gross misrepresentation" amid some accounts that the president might allegedly have used the word "shithouse" instead of "shithole."

Emotions are running high in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua as Trump's administration moves to cancel temporary protection given to tens of thousands of their compatriots in the US.

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