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Ugandan President says he loves Trump despite ‘sinkhole’ remarks

L/R: Uganda dictator  Yoweri Museveni and U.S. president Donald J. Trump

UNITED KINDOM—U.S. President Donald J. Trump may have offended some people for allegedly referring to Haiti and African nations as “sinkhole” countries but that does not prevent the love that Uganda’s dictator President Yoweri Museveni has for his American counterpart.

Museveni, one of Africa’s hardcore dictators who has stayed in power for more than two decades, says he loves President Donald Trump and that he (Trump) should be praised for not mincing words.

“I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly,” President Yoweri Museveni said Tuesday, shortly after the U.S. ambassador apologized for Trump’s recent reference to African nations as “shithole countries.”

“I don’t know whether he was misquoted or whatever. But he talks to Africans frankly,” Museveni said. “In the world, you cannot survive if you are weak.”

The Ugandan leader made the remarks while addressing members of the regional East African Legislative Assembly.

The Ugandan dictator, who is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, referred to President Trump as an honest man during his State of the Nation address on Jan 1, 2018.

The U.S. ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac, on Tuesday met earlier with Uganda’s speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, and described President Trump’s polemic remark as “obviously quite disturbing and upsetting.”

In the wake of President Trump’s “sinkhole” remarks, several African countries have expressed condemnation and shock even though the American president has vehemently denied using such language while those who attended the meeting at the White when he spoke says he did.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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