President Trump certainly wasn't going to the 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland this past week looking to make any friends.
Recently, a report made by the Washington Post about Trump referring to African countries, Haiti, and El Salvador as "sh*thole countries," made the rounds on social media, catching the eyes of some very cross world leaders.
The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are “shithole countries” is extremely unfortunate. We are certainly not a “shithole country”. We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) January 13, 2018
But the President did what he does best: decry "Fake News!" and hide in the White House.
However, NBC News reports that Trump sent a letter, dated Thursday, to African region leaders saying he "deeply respects" the people of Africa.
In the letter, Trump says the United States "profoundly respects" the shared values of the U.S. and African nations, as well as a commitment to "strong and respectful relationships with African states," before adding that he wishes for the U.S. to work together on their "free, fair and reciprocal trade" with African countries and to "safeguard legal immigration."
People on Twitter weren't buying what Trump was selling, calling the President out for changing his tone once word leaked of what he'd said behind closed doors.
If he's talking, he's lying. Hahahaha he wrote a letter, mmhmm— Scott Johnson (@scott12j) January 27, 2018
It should have read "I have DEEP REGRET for the racist and vulgar comments I made about African countries."— Leslie McGarry (@mrsmcmamabear) January 27, 2018
Words...words...words...shameful that it's so easy for anyone to just say anything to suit their purpose. And it means nothing to him.— Teresa Merico🌴 (@Tree722) January 27, 2018
No way he wrote that & they probably had to Taser him to get a signature.— Howler (@arkansawtravler) January 27, 2018
African leaders are expected to respond to Trump's remarks in Davos over the weekend.
We'll see how that goes.