The United States Charge de affaires, David Young met Nigeria Minister of Foreign Affairs, Onyema Ugochukwu on Monday in Abuja, over alledged disparaging comments by President Donald Trump.
Russell, a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, said Mr. Young and Mr. Onyeama met on Monday afternoon, saying U.S and Nigeria has excellent relationship. Mr. Young said: “reiterated the excellent relations between the United States and Nigeria,” during the meeting, Mr. Brooks said. The two officials also “discussed cooperation between the two countries,” the spokesperson added.
The meeting came days after Mr. Trump reportedly derided Africa, Haiti and El Salvador in a meeting about immigration policy in the White House. Mr. Trump reportedly singled out Haiti, El Salvador and parts of Africa as “shithole countries” during the January 11 meeting, according to U.S. media. Media reports said Mr. Trump favoured immigrants from Norway and Asia, saying they help the country economically.
But he wondered “why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out,” the Washington Post quoted Mr. Trump as venting. But the president denied ever describing any race as coming from “shithole countries” in a Friday morning.
Despite denial by Donald Trump, the comments has elicited global criticisms.