Ugandan President Yoweri Kagatua Museveni defended President Donald Trump’s alleged remarks about African countries and Haiti, which he reportedly called “s***hole countries.”
“America has got one of the best presidents ever,” Museveni said, during the opening of the East African Legislative Assembly on Tuesday in Kampala, the Ugandan capital.
According to The Associated Press, the statements arose during Museveni’s speech about the need for Africa’s integration.
“I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly,” Museveni said during the meeting. “I don’t know whether he was misquoted or whatever. But he talks to Africans frankly. In the world, you cannot survive if you are weak.”
Museveni has served as the Ugandan president since 1986.
‘‘Africans need to solve their problems … Africa is 12 times the size of India, in terms of land area, lots of resources and now, the population is growing. Why can’t we make Africa strong?” Museveni challenged the legislators.
— NTV UGANDA (@ntvuganda) January 23, 2018
In a tweet referring to Tuesday’s speech, Museveni said, “Donald Trump speaks to Africans frankly. Africans need to solve their problems. You can’t survive if you are weak. It is the Africans’ fault that they are weak. We are12 times the size of India, but why are we not strong?”
The third purpose for integration is strategic security. Donald Trump speaks to Africans frankly. Africans need to solve their problems. You can't survive if you are weak. It is the Africans' fault that they are weak. We are12 times the size of India, but why are we not strong?
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) January 23, 2018
What have others said about the alleged remarks?
Earlier Tuesday, Deborah Malac, the U.S. ambassador to Uganda, apologized for Trump’s alleged comments.
“For people like me and many of my colleagues who have spent many years working in Africa, we have many relationships and friendships across the continent, [the comments] are obviously quite disturbing and upsetting,” Malac said to Uganda’s speaker of Parliament.
“I can assure you that we remain engaged and committed to working not just in Uganda,” she said, “but in all the other countries that we work with on the continent and our programs continue.”
According to The Hill, other world leaders have condemned Trump’s alleged remarks.