The Nigerian government has summoned US Ambassador Stuart Symington, demanding explainations of Trump's reported remarks that some migrants come from "shithole" countries, meaning some African countries and Haiti, Reuters reports citing the country's Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama who responded to the news agency's text message.
Nigeria is far from being the first country to demonstarate its protest about the US president's racially-charged comments. Earlier, Cuba severely criticized Trump, whereas El Salvador sent a note of protest to the US government condemning the president's alleged remarks. Botswana, Senegal and Haiti called in the US envoys to clarify the situation. The African Union, an international organization which aims to advance cooperation between the countries on this continent, also expressed its concern.
Trump later denied using in a conversation disparaging language, adding that he is "not a racist."
The US president's reported remarks were a reaction to a plan drafted by a bipartisan group of senators to protect juvenile immigrants from deportation. Trump later noted that he was "ready, willing and able" to reach an agreement on the DACA program.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order issued by former US President Barack Obama in 2012, granted temporary work and residency rights to so-called "dreamers" – people who entered the United State illegally as juveniles.