In A Twist, Countries Trump Described As ‘S***holes’ Won’t Take Americans In Due To Coronavirus Concerns

In January 2018, word spread quickly that, during a meeting between Democrats and Republicans in the White House, President Donald Trump had used a racist term to explain why he didn’t want immigrants from certain countries to come to America.

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Trump said he preferred people would rather come to the U.S. from countries like Norway, rather than from African and Central American/Caribbean nations, which he allegedly called “s—hole countries.”

The words from Trump came from a meeting behind closed doors, and the president later denied ever saying them, despite Democrats involved in the meeting saying he uttered the inappropriate comments. Republicans inside the meeting, while not confirming Democrats’ stories, also didn’t confirm Trump’s account of what happened.

Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, the tables appear to have turned: those nations Trump objected to in such a vehement way are saying they’re not going to let Americans inside their borders.

Officials in El Salvador recently criticized “overcrowding and lack of basic medical care” inside the U.S., Vice reported, and earlier this week required any person (from the U.S. or elsewhere) to sit in quarantine for 14 days before being allowed to roam the country freely.

Guatemala also closed its borders to U.S. residents, and stopped permitting flights of deported immigrants from landing in the country.

In Africa, Nigeria is also blocking 13 countries from being able to send its citizens to that country, including from the United States.

Africa in general has a low count of coronavirus cases so far, CNN reported, with only 347 individuals identified as having contracted the disease across 27 countries.

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