Bolivian President Evo Morales said: "Trump insults the world and demonstrates his opinions and politics are contaminated by capitalist racism, fascism, arrogance and ignorance."
Latin American leaders are rising up to defend the world's most impoverished migrants after U.S. President Donald Trump allegedly referred to certain developing nations as "shithole countries."
Bolivian President Evo Morales expressed his indignation on Twitter: "To insult African countries, El Salvador and Haiti, Trump insults the world and demonstrates his opinions and politics are contaminated by capitalist racism, fascism, arrogance, and ignorance. History has shown that those who offend like this end up eating their words."
In Venezuela, the seventh meeting of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of America (ALBA) reviewed the incident, collectively stating that they considered Trump's racist slur – directed at Latin American and African nations – offensive.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said: "El Salvador and Haiti yesterday were once again victims of U.S. President Donald Trump's aggression. Even if he's trying to take back his words, what's important... is that we now know that what Donald Trump thinks is even worse that whatever he could have said about our brother nations and their dignity. And we know how his restrictive immigration policies are hurting our people in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, a lot of them reunited here in the Bolivarian Alliance."
El Salvador has been greatly affected by changes in U.S. immigration policies – most notably the eradication of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. President Salvador Sanchez posted a message on Twitter saying that the nation demanded "respect for the dignity of its noble and courageous people."
One of the nation's largest political parties, the Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FMLN), also released a statement saying they were offended and aggravated by Trump's "racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Salvadoran and anti-American" language. "The history of our people's struggle and our defensive position of our country, with dignity and pride, has been demonstrated to the world on numerous occasions," the statement reads. "This same attitude strengthens us to condemn the insults today."