AS REPORTED BY CNN
South Africa issued a diplomatic protest to the United States Monday over President Donald Trump's "shithole countries" comments, according to its foreign ministry.
South African diplomats also met with the US Embassy's Charge d'Affaires Monday to express their concerns.In a statement, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) didn't specifically mention the vulgarity but said it was concerned about "statements that were allegedly made by President Donald Trump" concerning African nations.
DIRCO noted South Africa's contributions to the United States and said international reactions "clearly serve as a united affirmation of the dignity of the people of Africa and the African diaspora." The statement also noted that Monday was Martin Luther King Day in the United States.
The US Embassy and its top diplomat responded by saying, "there has been no change in the United States' dedication to our partners across the Continent" and that "the United States deeply respects the people of Africa and ... South Africa," according to the DIRCO statement.
No US reaction to the meeting was immediately available.