Buhari offers Trump benefit of doubt on shithole comments
On Monday Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari met with the President of United States Donald Trump at the White House. It is said that their discussions was focused on cooperation exclusively in the area of anti-terrorism combat and other matters of mutual concern.
When the two leaders appeared to address the press from their meeting in the Oval office, question on Trump’s ‘shithole’ comments came up. Buhari said his position on the matter was to keep quiet because he was not aware of the full facts.
When he was asked about his comments on the alleged comments made by the President of United States especially being the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to visit Trump at the White House, here is what he said:
“Well, I’m very careful with what the press says about other than myself. I’m not sure about, you know, the validity or whether that allegation against the president was true or not, so the best thing for me is to keep quiet.”
Trump added his take on the matter: “We didn’t discuss it, and you do have some countries that are in very bad shape and very tough places to live in, but we didn’t discuss it, because the president knows me, and he knows where I’m coming from and I appreciate that.”
For the meantime, a Trump aide at the time of the comments which largely sparked outrage and part applause among Africans and people of the Carribean says that the president did indeed made those comments.
According to a tweet from Omarosa Manigault – who held a communication role at the White House before leaving the administration later that month – Trump, who has repeatedly denied using the word specifically, did use the vulgar language.