Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org
President Donald Trump is not a racist, and he does not even see colors, the former White House Communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, defended his former boss and friend on Thursday.
Mr. Scaramucci said he had known President Trump for over twenty years and there was nothing to indicate he was a racist.
At the Trump Tower in New York, he added, President Trump had employed people of all shades. “The President is not a racist, he doesn’t see colors,” he insisted.
Scaramucci was answering a question from Today News Africa’s Simon Ateba at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
President Trump, who would be receiving the first Sub-Saharan African leader on Monday, April 30, came under fire after he described the entire continent of Africa as a “shit-hole” place, adding that those from Haiti all have aids.
Mr. Trump Denied making the derogatory comments, but the New York Times and the Washington Post as well as several other American newspapers quoted officials who were present when he denigrated black people in Africa.
At the meeting to deliberate on immigration last year, American newspapers reported, Mr. Trump suggested that the United States should rather accept immigrants from Norway rather than people from “shithole countries”. Norway is made up mainly of white people.
President Trump also came under fire after he defended neo-Nazi white nationalists in Virginia last year after they attacked anti-racism protesters, killing a woman.
With his closeness to Steve Bannon, a white nationalist, and the appointments of people who had used racist slurs to describe blacks or people from other faiths, especially Muslims, the belief that Mr. Trump was a racist quickly spread.
But Scaramucci defended him, saying that he was being misunderstood by the media.
At a wider question and answer session, Mr. Scaramucci, who was sacked by Mr. Trump only 11 days after he was appointed, defended President Trump on several fronts, from his war against the media, his Middle East policies, his tax reforms, to accusations that he is most lying American President in history.
He also defended the media, saying he is for the First Amendment and against any attempt to discredit or destroy the media or even jail journalists. But he called on journalists to defend their profession against irresponsible bloggers who reportedly set the standard low.
But Mr. Trump had described some of the world’s best news organizations, such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN as purveyors of fake news. He had said repeatedly that Fox News, which supports him and Republicans, is dishing out real news.
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