Trump indicates he called African nations “shithole countries” but Buhari fails to tackle him

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday hosted the Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari at the White House, and during a joint press conference in the Rose Garden, Mr. Trump seemed to acknowledge that he referred to African nations as “shithole countries”.

“You do have some countries that are in very bad shape and very tough places to live in,” he said. “But we didn’t discuss it because the president knows me and he knows where I’m coming from,” Trump added after an American journalist asked the Nigerian leader whether he had discussed the disparaging comments with Mr. Trump.

But President Buhari failed to tackle him or to use the opportunity to say something good about Africa.

“I’m not sure about, you know, the validity of whether that allegation against the president is true or not,” Mr. Buhari said. “The best thing for me is to keep quiet.”

In the United States, there are millions of people who live in abject poverty, and hundreds of thousands of people who remain homeless, many had argued, pointing out that Mr. Trump’s comments were racist.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
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 simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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