By Adam Taylor | Washington Post
Two days after President Donald Trump described African nations, along with Haiti and El Salvador, as “shithole countries” whose inhabitants were not desirable as immigrants to the United States, the president of Ghana called the language used by the American leader “extremely unfortunate” and said that his nation was not a “shithole country.”
Nana Akufo-Addo, who assumed the presidency last January, made the comments on his Twitter account on Saturday.
“We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful,” Afuko-Addo’s tweet also said.
The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are “shithole countries” is extremely unfortunate. We are certainly not a “shithole country”. We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) January 13, 2018
In his own tweet posted on Friday, Trump had appeared to deny using the term “shithole” during a private White House meeting Thursday. Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the lone Democrat present in the Oval Office at the time, said Trump’s denial was false and the president had said things that were “hate-filled, vile and racist.”
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Akufo-Addo is at least the first head of state or government in an insulted country to publicly respond to Trump. Macky Sall, president of Senegal, tweeted on Friday that he was “shocked” by Trump’s words, adding that “Africa and the black race deserve the respect and consideration of all.”
The U.S. government has faced a sustained diplomatic backlash over the past few days due to the comments, as well as widespread criticism from civil society. The government of Botswana issued a statement Friday, condemning the remarks, calling them “irresponsible, reprehensible and racist,” and urging other nations to take a stand against Trump’s remarks.
A group of African ambassadors at the United Nations also issued a statement Friday that condemned the “outrageous, racist and xenophobic” remarks by the president.
Samantha Power, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, wrote on Twitter that she had “never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United Nations.”
Akufo-Addo’s predecessor, John Dramani Mahama, also criticized Trump’s comments in a tweet Saturday. In his message, Mahama referred to speech made by Trump to African leaders at the United Nations in September wherein in which he had praised their nations — but also mistakenly referred to a nonexistent country called “Nambia.” Mahama’s tweet used an altered image of an Oval Office meeting featuring Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to mock that mistake.
In an earlier tweet, Mahama had said that Trump’s comments showed he was “nothing but a racist.”
Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September? pic.twitter.com/Z8Y6sG4DBK
— John Dramani Mahama (@JDMahama) January 13, 2018
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