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diplomats scramble to contain outrage over trump's remarks

washington — american diplomats scrambled friday to salvage their nation's bonds with africa, haiti and even the celebrated "special relationship" with britain after president donald trump, in the span of a few hours, deeply offended much of the world with the most undiplomatic of remarks.trump's description of african nations as a "shithole" and other inflammatory comments became the latest and perhaps most direct test of whether america's global partnership can withstand its president's loose lips. in washington and far-flung foreign capitals, u.s. officials launched into urgent cleanup mode.as world leaders denounced the comments as racist, trump's ambassadors to botswana and senegal were both summoned to explain his remark, as was the top u.s. diplomat in haiti, where there is no ambassador, state department officials said. in addition to the africa slur, trump during a meeting thursday with lawmakers questioned why the u.s. would need more haitian immigrants.the white house, too, was reeling from the fallout. staffers fanned out to do television appearances in support of trump and reached out to republicans on capitol hill to coordinate damage control.undersecretary of state steve goldstein, in charge of u.s. public diplomacy, said trump has the right to "make whatever remark he chooses," calling it the benefit of being president. he said trump's comments notwithstanding, it was diplomats' obligation to send the message to other countries that the united s...