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Dirco summons USA embassy chief over Trump remarks

Dirco summons USA embassy chief over Trump remarks

The now famous comment had Trump speaking out of frustration in the Oval Office stating he would prefer more rigid policies.

The United States charges de affaires in South Africa will be called to explain President Donald Trump's statement apparently denigrating African and other countries, the global relations and co-operation department (Dirco) said on Sunday.

Namibia, Botswana and Ghana are some of the African countries that have issued strong statement condemning Mr Trump.

The department says relations between South Africa and the United States must be based on mutual respect.

South Africa's foreign ministry called the remarks, which sources said Trump made earlier this week during a meeting on immigration legislation, "crude and offensive" and said Trump's subsequent denial was not categorical.

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Addressing the media ahead of the ANC's January 8 statement in East London, deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte described Trump's comments as "unfortunate", while DA leader Mmusi Maimane described the comments as "abhorrent".

"Africa is united in its affirmation of the dignity of the people of Africa and the African diaspora". Gaspard distanced himself from Trump's remarks on Saturday.

Dirco wants an explanation about President Donald Trump's derogatory comment about African countries and Haiti.

"I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries".