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AU lodges formal diplomatic protest against US

  • South Africa queries US ambassador
  • Africans, others rally against Trump in US cities

African Union Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat has formally protested to the United States about Trump’s alleged use of the word “shithole” to describe African nations.

The US president reportedly made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump allegedly said after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question.

Mr Mahamat met the US ambassador to the AU, MaryBeth Leonard, to express the pan-African body’s indignation, and to stress the importance of “respect for a mutually beneficial partnership”. The AU official posted a tweet in French following the meeting.

AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo had earlier said “Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice.”

Meanwhile, South Africa’s foreign office summoned the deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in the capital, Pretoria over Trump’s derogatory remark. A statement from the South African foreign office said that it aligns itself with the statement issued by the African Union. The continent’s top body had expressed its “shock, dismay and outrage” over the comments and called on Mr Trump to apologise.

South Africa said that relations between the country and the US must be based on mutual respect. The U.S. Embassy confirmed receipt of the South African government’s request yesterday. “We agree to the importance of strong relations between South Africa and the United States that are based on mutual respect and understanding,” U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Cindy Harvey said in a statement. The governments of Namibia and Botswana have also condemned the comments.

Meanwhile, Africans in the diaspora yesterday joined their counterparts from Haiti, El Salvador and other countries in a rally to protest against Trump’s alleged racist remarks. The rally held in New Jersey, Atlanta, Houston and across other major U.S. cities.

The organisers of the event had urged all people of African descent and others to attend the rally to “reject the denigration President Trump uttered against us”. The protest tagged: ‘Rally against Trump’ at Time Square also commemorated the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day.

Meanwhile, Trump has denied that he is racist, after a row broke out over his alleged use of the word “shithole” to describe African nations. He has now told reporters: “I am not a racist. I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”

It is the first time the president has responded directly to the racism accusations. He made the denial to White House press pool reporters at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach in Florida on Sunday night.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 16th January 2018 at 6:13 am

    If you sits on wealth and live in want, you are a shithole. If you are not a shithole, prove it, not empty noise of irrelevance and illiteracy nickname protest- only beggars protest. Why should an African die in Mediterranea Sea? Why should an African beg to go to Europe, America etc? Many African countries sits on wealth and live in want- which AU, the African countries has to face to end in this 21st century world- not wasting time of empty noise on irrelevance and illiteracy.

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 16th January 2018 at 6:23 am

    This is empty noise of irrelevance and illiteracy in which Africa is used by America’s enemies and its president enemies against America and its president- those European countries etc. making empty noise of illiteracy and mockery pretending supports for Africa in this are the ones behind Africa’s sit on wealth and live in want, are behind Africans deaths in Mediterranea Sea etc., are behind Africa’s woes, mess, catastrophies etc. 21st century Africa has to know Africa’s 21st century partners to end Africa’s sit on wealth and live in want. This is 21st century world.

  3. Eclat De Bullet 16th January 2018 at 8:38 am

    Eclat De Bullet will be so interested to share his understanding this period by saying that All this lamentation from different part of Africa nations by US president calling blacks Shihole prove that foolishness and stupidity which Mr. Trump see in them to call them that. Do you people still want to prove more by protest ?

    He did not just call them that because they are shithole but i understand it he is trying to explain how far our Governance has getting worst.

    By they way, did i hear Nigerians are to participate on such protest? If that is they case, meaning Nigerians do not value President their Buhari but they value US President Trump because why didn’t any body protest against Buhari when he you people Baboo and Monkey but you still vote him in. NONSENSE PEOPLE.

    Otherwise i did not see any reason ordinary African citizens should talk much on that because Mr.Trump is not referring to you. He is talking to his fellow leaders here in Africa.

    Why Should any African citizens get much annoyed over that to an extent of going for a protest. Why must you get annoyed ?, are you the President of your country? Or is it because illiterate and timid Men’s are leading us in various African countries.
    That why an ordinary Africa citizens will try to abide on such protest.

    Do not mind those nonentities that think they knows how to play politics.

    Listen, Muslim go back to your countries, you have a home, US is not your country. You people are not the only Race in America. Your Sharia can not work there. Stop pushing with all nomadic mentality. This politics is your old fashion you have been using to manipulate Africans for Years.

    Blacks stop being foolish! ! !

    Hear this now: Every time an Authority come against this Muslim terrorist, they will became our lovely Brothers, One person, One Soul, One Mind and the same people.

    Now African has become so united that we do not count religion and tribe anymore for us to join hand to go and protest. NONSENSE PEOPLE.

    Middle Belt people please you might be in a better position to warn and explain to this your Africans indigenes what you are passing through now after your Northern Unity in 2015 to vote Jonathan out.

    Though we are no more worried about our enemies because they are all failed State.

    We the 21 century said No to such again.

    You people want to use this system to call World protest against Trump to be removed because of his determination to fight against your impunity and in human slaughtering of people you are committing every where to protect your powers and occult which you people claim and tag it a religious name as Muslim.

    You people have call such protest before when he sanction Muslim countries not to inter into America but no one respond to your plan.
    Now you want to use this to try again and to see if such protest can be organise because you the Muslim opposition want a protest that will motivate people to vote him out.

    You people are deceiving your selves, No reasonable man or woman will protest such but unless those nonentities and those Animals with Human Cloth that will protest.

    All Hail Biafra.

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