Donald Trump unapologitically defends his remark about Africa, Haiti

14 January, 2018, 15:13 | Author: Wade Massey

"We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries".

Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group "shithole countries". Trump allegedly said after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question.

Several African leaders, ambassadors and different dignitaries have expressed shock and pain following President Trump's comments.

The Botswana government has inquired from the U.S. government through the U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the U.S., and also that some of Batswana may wish to visit the United States. After an emergency meeting today at UN, Africa group says it "is extremely appalled at...outrageous and xenophobic remarks" attributed to Trump and "demands a retraction and an apology".

AU Spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo pointed out the U.S. role in the Atlantic slave trade as an example of how African countries, Trump described in contemptuous terms, were exploited in a shameful manner. "Do we need more Haitians?" Some conservative commentators pushed that narrative following the news.

"I am an African and very proud of my continent. Our motherland is the most blessed continent that has been raped by imperialists in collaboration with our s***ty misleaders for generations", wrote Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi on Twitter.

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Lewis said that Trump had undermined 25 years of African goodwill towards the USA "to essentially give the back of his hand to 49 countries south of the Sahara creates real problems in many ways". We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.

In Senegal's capital, Dakar, meanwhile, administrator Idrissa Fall said "we can not really say that he (Mr Trump) is wrong".

Condemning the comments "in the strongest terms", the AU demanded "a retraction of the comment as well as an apology, not only to the Africans, but to all people of African descent around the globe".

Mr Trump's latest comments provided ample fodder for talk-show hosts. The US Military also carries out training and advisory missions in other African countries, with hundreds of troops performing that mission in Niger and Somalia.

"Ours is not a shithole country, neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", said Duarte.

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