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Raila wants Trump to apologise over racist remarks

Marcus Kiiru
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National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga at a past event. (Photo/NewsDay Kenya)

National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga on Saturday demanded that US President Donald Trump withdraw his racial remarks in which the American leader referred to African nations and Haiti as “shithole countries”

In a press statement sent to newsrooms Saturday afternoon, Raila said remarks attributed to US President Donald Trump disparaging African and other Third World nations are troubling and greatly unfortunate.

“The remarks are deeply hypocritical as they conveniently ignore the fact that US corporations have set up tents in the same African countries that President Trump is disparaging and are making billions of dollars that they repatriate back to the US,” Raila said in a statement adding that “In fact, recent media reports indicated that President Trump views Africa as a market for US goods and services and is keen to slow down on issues of democracy and human rights in pursuit of trade in Africa. Africa cannot be a market and a nothing at the same time”. 

According to the statement, recent media reports indicate that President Trump views Africa as a market for US goods and services and is keen to slow down on issues of democracy and human rights in pursuit of trade in Africa. Africa cannot be a market and a nothing at the same time.

“Mr. Trump must equally be reminded that many of the poverty and governance-related problems that keep Africa down result directly or indirectly from US foreign policies and interference,” the statement reads.

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