In 2014, a high-ranking Obama official called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit.” The derogatory term was meant as an insult to Netanyahu for his cautious posturing on the Obama-proposed peace process with the Palestinians. The comment was made to Jeffrey Goldberg and published in the Atlantic:
The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.
The comment did not help and an already uneasy relationship between the Obama Administration and the ruling Israeli government. John Kerry was forced to call and apologize to Netanyahu on behalf of Obama and the administration.
Kerry phoned Netanyahu, and called the comments “disgraceful, unacceptable, and damaging.”
Obama also personally called the country of Libya a “shit-show” in late 2016.
Donald Trump allegedly called third world countries “shitholes” last week in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers. The president has since denied making the comments.