Ghanaian president to Trump: We are not a ‘shithole country’


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 …read more

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