Should Zambia follow others' lead in responding to Donald Trump's offensive comments on Africa?

Posted by Online Editor on Sat 13 January, 2018

The Botswana government summoned Ambassador Earl Miller to “clarify if Botswana is regarded as a “shithole” country given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the US, and also that some of Batswana may wish to visit the US.”

The African Union also issued a statement expressing "its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity."

The backlash came following Donald Trump's recent comments made during a White House meeting concerning immigration policy. 

Democrat senator Dick Durbin said, "****hole was the exact word used once not twice but repeatedly.” Durbin added that the word was used referring specifically to African countries.

This comes hot on the heels of widely reported Trump comments that Nigerians coming to America would never return to their "mud huts" and "all Haitians have AIDS."

While Zambia and the US have enjoyed cordial relations for decades with the US assisting Zambia with aid in many segments of society, does Zambia need to follow the lead of Botswana and the African Union in asking for an explanation of American President Donald Trump's comments?

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