Donald Trump at a meeting at the White House, Washington, January 11, 2018
Africans reacted angrily and bitterness Friday at the words of US President Donald Trump, who defeated immigration describing, according to several media, African nations and Haiti „shitty country“.
The African Union (AU) described the remarks as „offensive“ and „disturbing“.
„This is all the more hurtful considering the historical reality of the number of Africans who arrived in the United States as slaves,“ Ebba Kalondo, spokesman for the president of the Commission of the United Nations, told AFP. UA Moussa Faki.
But America, she says, is a „country that represents more than one man or a statement.“
Botswana on Friday announced it had summoned the US ambassador to tell him „of his dissatisfaction“.
And Botswana Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi tweeted that Trump’s remarks bore a „scathing blow“ to diplomatic relations between Washington and African countries.
– Hashtag #shithole –
Africa „is not a shitty place,“ tweeted former track and field world champion Bernard Lagat, a US naturalized middle-distance runner in 2004. „I’m the son of a sparkling continent that’s ‚Africa, and I’m proud of it, my heritage is deeply rooted in my Kenyan roots‘.
Expressing their contempt for the billionaire president, many Africans shared on social networks photos of skyscrapers or beautiful landscapes of their countries, accompanied by the hashtag #shithole (the English word used by Mr. Trump).
President Trump won Thursday at a meeting in the Oval Office with several senators to discuss a bipartisan project to limit family reunification and restrict access to the lottery for the green card.
„Why do all these shitty people come here?“ Asked President Trump, according to the Washington Post, which quotes several anonymous sources assuring the president was referring to African countries as well as in Haiti and El Salvador. These comments were also reported by the New York Times, citing unidentified participants at the meeting.
On Friday, Mr. Trump hinted that he did not use the term „shitty country“: „The language I used at the meeting was hard, but these are not the words used,“ he tweeted.
– ‚Hypocrisy‘ –
„If it’s confirmed, it’s shocking and shameful comments from the President of the US Sorry, but there’s no other word than racist +,“ said the spokesman. of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville.
Kenyan political commentator Patrick Gathara told AFP that Trump’s words are „nothing new“ from a „racist and ignorant“ US administration.
„It’s no different from what Hollywood or the Western media have been saying about Africa for decades,“ he said. „What is even more insulting is the hypocrisy of all those who condemn Trump – and he must be condemned – without looking at their own language and conduct.“
– Continent blessed –
Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi called on Twitter to „not confuse the shit leaders we Africans elect, with our beautiful continent“. „Our continent is the most blessed of all, but it has been violated by imperialists in collaboration with our crappy leaders for generations.“
In South Africa, the ruling African National Congress party described Trump’s remarks as „extremely offensive“ while Ateny Wek Ateny, spokesman for the president of South Sudan, a country at war since December 2013, called Mr. Trump’s statements „scandalous“.
A resident of the southwestern capital Juba, however, told AFP that Trump’s comments were „very relevant“: „It is because of our African leaders that we are insulted in this way.“
In Nigeria, too, many have written on Twitter that their country is „a shitty country“, but that it is „our shitty country“ and that no one else has the right to call it „a shitty country“. the type.