The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community who is also the Government Spokesperson, Louise Mushikiwabo has said that USA President Donald Trump used inappropriate words by referring to some African countries, El Salvador and Haiti as ‘Shithole Countries’.
It was reported that Trump described El Salvador, Haiti and Certain African nations as ‘Shithole countries’ during a meeting with senators on Thursday.
Trump made the remarks while opposing a proposal he was presented about restoring protections for immigrants from those countries as part of bipartisan immigration deal.
Asked by the media about her reactions on Trump’s words on Saturday, Mushikiwabo said that they are ‘appalling words’.
“First of all, if these words were spoken, it is so appalling. The second is that there are things concerning Africa that were referred to, Africa should face them,” she said.
“In other words, Africa as a continent should do everything to restore the dignity for African people and prove our worth as a continent. Such words, though I am not sure they have been used, but if so, they are appalling and inappropriate,” she added.
Different leaders, organisation condemn the remark
Different organisations and leaders condemned the remarks and called for Trump apology.
The African Union Mission in Washington said that Trump should apologise for the statement he made.
“The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity,” reads the statement issued.
"The African Union Mission condemns the comments in the strongest terms and demands a retraction of the comment as well as an apology not only to Africans but to all people of African descent around the globe."
“The language of Donald Trump 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,” reads the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo’s tweet.
Ebba Kalondo, the spokesperson for AU Chairperson Moussa Faki, told AFP that Trump’s statement "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice."
"This is not only hurtful, I think, to people of African origin in the United States, but certainly to African citizens," she said.
"It’s an extremely upsetting statement," she added.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community, Louise Mushikiwabo