ANC, DA take dim view of Trump's 'shithole' comment

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

Speaking to Chinese news agency Xinhua, Abebe Ayente, senior researcher at Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies (EFRSS), a local think tank, said the comments of US President will further reduce the influence of United States on the global stage.

The United States Embassy in Accra has made attempt to water down the anger of millions of Africans following revelation that Donald Trump insulted the integrity of Africans.

"There is a serious need for dialogue between the USA administration and the African countries", said the AU statement.

Many of those troops are based at a U.S. base in the East African country of Djibouti.

"The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are shithole countries is extremely unfortunate".

Haitians reacted with outrage Friday to reports of Mr. Trump's remarks. But it emphasized that such a partnership should be based on mutual respect and accepted worldwide principles of respect of basic human dignity.

"President Trump, One day, I'll take you to a "s***hole" country called Ghana", wrote Ghanaian Edmond Prime Sarpong on Facebook.

According sources in the Oval Office meeting between Trump and lawmakers, the President referred to Africa, saying, "why do we want all these people from "s***hole countries" coming here?" We are certainly not a "shithole country".

The 54-nation UN African Group, which does not include Western Sahara, demanded a "retraction and an apology" from Mr Trump, while thanking Americans "from all walks of life who have condemned the remarks".

"I am an African and very proud of my continent".

Making reference to Trump's reported derogatory comments about Haiti, ambassadors expressed solidarity with the people of Haiti "and others that have been similarly denigrated".

Mr Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the U.S. should instead be taking in migrants from countries like Norway.

The US has about a little over 6,000 forces in Africa in about 53 different countries, where they focus on countering extremist groups and illicit activity, as well as peacekeeping, humanitarian aid and disaster response.

South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of America's The Daily Show, described himself as an offended citizen of "South Shithole" and also criticised Mr Trump's preferred choice of Norway for immigrants.

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