President Akufo-Addo has joined thousands across the world to condemn US President Donald Trump after he reportedly used crude language to describe African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.
In a Twitter message Saturday, Nana Akufo-Addo said: “The language of @RealDonaldTrump that African nations, Haiti and El Salvador are ‘shithole countries’ is extremely unfortunate.”
Akufo-Addo adds, “We will not accept such insults, even from the leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.”
African Union is also demanding an apology from the US leader known for his disparaging remarks.
The United Nations (UN) in a strongly-worded statement said the US president’s remark was purely racist, while the Vatican has described it as offensive.
In a response labelled by international media as damage control, Mr Trump has denied using derogatory words but admitted his language was “tough.”
But Democratic Senator Dick Durbin who was reportedly at the meeting said the US president used “shitholes” in the context of African countries.
“Shithole was the exact word used once not twice but repeatedly,” Mr Durbin was quoted to have said.
Reacting to the comment in a tweet posted at 6:56 p.m. former President John Mahama also expressed shock over the US president’s action.
Hollywood actor of Ghanaian descent, Boris Kodjoe, has responded to the denigrating comments made by US President Donald Trump.
Born Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe, the actor, who was in Ghana a couple of days ago to host the Aiteo CAF Awards, took to his Instagram page to school Donald Trump about the continent and black people.
The US President was reported to have made the unsavoury comments while complaining about immigrants coming to the US, during immigration negotiations on Thursday with lawmakers in the Oval Office.
Donald Trump said, “why are we having all these people from sh**hole countries come here?”. He was referring to people from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in the temporary protected status program.
As soon as his statement was made public by the media, the world was infuriated and called him out for it.
Like many Africans who were offended by the comment, Boris took to his Instagram page to write;
“I am half German and half Ghanaian, ain’t no ‘shithole’ anywhere near that combination! This is a photograph of the late Dr. Eric Ofuatey-Kodjoe. He was my father. He also was an immigrant who left his country to become a physician and greatly contributed to his new home country through medical services and economically alike.
“He endured endless racially motivated abuse even as the head of anesthesiology at his hospital. Other doctors questioned his abilities, patients refused to be examined by him. But he kept going, kept helping people, kept saving the lives of those who wanted him to go back to his country.
I know it’s hard for you to understand, @realdonaldtrump, but most immigrants are looking for basic human rights for their families, a purpose in life, and a way to contribute to society. And when we welcome them we soon realize that they aren’t looking for handouts, but that they are extremely hardworking and intent on earning their place at the table.”
Sarkodie was not left out and expressed the same anger as other young Africans who have added their voices to the campaign and described Trump in the same words he used on us ”shithole”..
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