Leaders across the world responded to one expletive

Jan. 19, 2018

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Though President Donald Trump is big on breaking records, he probably didn’t imagine becoming the first U.S. president to make headlines for saying "shithole."

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Backlash to the phrase — which Trump reportedly used to refer to African countries, though he has since denied it — was swift. Some didn’t hold anything back.

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Your embarrassment of a president is senile. Impeach him and save yourselves from never-ending shame.

— Kenyan politician Boniface Mwangi on Twitter

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We believe that a statement like this hurts our shared global values on diversity, human rights and reciprocal understanding.

— African Union spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo to the Independent

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Unless it was specifically said about South Sudan, we have nothing to say.

— South Sudan government spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny to the AP

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You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 'shitholes,' whose entire populations are not white and therefore not welcome.

— U.N. commissioner for human rights spokesman Rupert Colville, per NPR

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We feel in the statements, if they were made, the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people.

— Haiti ambassador to the U.S. Paul G. Altidor, per the Washington Post

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