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Ex-US Envoys to Africa Urge Trump to Reconsider Comments

19 January 2018

"Even as some nations have faced challenges, we have counted among our contacts dynamic entrepreneurs, gifted artists, committed activists, passionate conservationists, and brilliant educators", they wrote.

President Donald Trump did not know he was stirring up a hornet's nest when he allegedly made remarks about African countries.

After reports of the alleged comments surfaced last week, USA diplomats were summoned to meet with African governments in Senegal, Botswana and elsewhere, to explain the remarks, and the African Union issued a statement demanding an apology.

"Our relationships are deeper than any one alleged comment", she said.

When asked by VOA about the diplomats' letter, Nauert said the US has a "very good" and broad relationship with many African nations that goes beyond any one alleged comment. "It is also a continent with deep historical ties with the United States", the former senior diplomats said in a joint statement delivered at the White House.

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Zimbabwe has added its voice to the global criticism of United States President Donald Trump with the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade saying hate speech has no place in global politics.

"I would like to say on behalf of our embassy, my government, the American people, we have tremendous respect for Zimbabwe, for the African continent, its people, its culture, its traditions", he said, addressing Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa and attendees of a ceremony honoring a health grant in Harare. Neighbouring Botswana was the first African nation on 12th January to condemn President Trump's remarks and summoned the US Ambassador to Botswana to express its displeasure and called on SADC and the African Union to do the same.

"The immigrants to America from Africa, particularly from Zimbabwe, are among our highest achieving people". The ministry said worldwide relations must be based on mutual respect. "Mr Trump said African countries alongside Haiti and El Salvador constituted "shitholes" from where migrants into the United States are undesirable". He also apparently said he wants to exclude Haiti from an immigration reform deal.

Trump has attempted to deny that he used the offensive language and has claimed to be "the least racist person".

Ex-US Envoys to Africa Urge Trump to Reconsider Comments