Trump’s Shithole Remark: We Hold Nigeria In High Regard, Says US Ambassador
The Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States of America in Abuja, Ambassador David Young, has said that his country will continue to hold the people of Nigeria in very high regard, despite the remarks credited to President Donald Trump, in which he referred to African countries as “shithole countries.”
Young, who stated this Monday in Abuja, during a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, however, assured him that his country would continue to show respect to Nigeria and cherish the cordial and excellent relations between the two countries.
In a statement by the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tope Elias-Fatile, Ambassador Young pointed out that there were contradicting accounts by those present as to the veracity or otherwise of the substance of the remarks made by President Trump.
Onyeama, had earlier in the day summoned the US Ambassador to Nigeria to clarify issues regarding the remarks.
“The minister sought clarification on the veracity or otherwise of the substance of the remarks, stressing that if they were true, they were deeply hurtful, offensive and unacceptable, especially given the very warm and cordial relations that presently exist between the Nigerian Government and the Government of the United States of America,” the statement added.