‘Donald Trump Should Be Thanked for Being Frank With Africans’ – Uganda President
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has given a speech declaring his “love” for US President Donald Trump.
Earlier this month, Mr Trump was accused of referring to African nations as “shithole” countries during an immigration meeting.
Mr Trump has denied making the remarks but US senators who attended the meeting say that he did.
The African Union demanded that Mr Trump apologise for his “clearly racist” comments.
“America has got one of the best presidents ever,” Mr Museveni said to laughter during the opening of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.
“I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly. The Africans need to solve their problems, the Africans are weak.”
Mr Museveni’s comments are in opposition to the reaction of many leaders who have condemned Mr Trump’s language.
Museveni also urged the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) legislators to focus on prosperity as opposed to fighting for speakership for the congress.
“For Africa to be strong and to survive, we need integration to speak with one voice,” he said, adding that EALA members should strive to provide opportunities for those engaged in production.
On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that he shared Africa’s outrage.
On Monday, people in Haiti, another country that Mr Trump disparaged, protested against the president’s remarks.
Mr Museveni’s defence of the US president came just hours after the US ambassador to Uganda criticised Mr Trump.
“[His words] are obviously quite disturbing and upsetting,” Deborah Malac said.
Mr Trump allegedly used the term “shithole countries” when asking why the US should accept immigrants from Haiti and some countries in Africa.