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General News of Wednesday, 17 January 2018


'Shithole' comment: Donald Trump ignorant of his own history - Spio-Garbrah

Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, former Minister for Trade and Industry Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, former Minister for Trade and Industry

One of the persons who have expressed interest in contesting the presidential slot within the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has lambasted US President, Donald Trump for describing Africa as a shithole.

He joins President Nana Akufo-Addo, former President John Dramani Mahama and other individuals to condemn the ‘’undiplomatic’’ comments from the US leader. The US president was condemned by the United Nations and the African Union (AU) after it was reported that he had referred to Haiti, El Salvador and nations in Africa as “shithole countries” during a White House meeting last week.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah in an exclusive interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5FM said, the comment by Donald Trump was totally misguided and unfortunate.

The diplomat said what the people of Ghana and particular US citizens should remember is that, the US was developed by Africans. He said Ghana is the only country in the whole world with 30 European built slave fort and castles, a reminder of the contribution that people in Ghana, made to what is America today.

‘’It was slaves…who went and built America’s agriculture that allowed America to sell cotton, sugar, sugar cane, tobacco and other raw materials to Europe which was the industrialized world at the time.’’

America he said was a new country and because it needed to plant their fields and did not have the population that was strong enough to do it, they captured Ghanaians as slaves to do it.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah charged Mr. Trump to recollect his history and appreciate the role Africans played in developing the country he is presiding over as president today.

‘’So if Trump has studied anything about American history, the last people he will call an S word, are the people who built America for him to become a multi-millionaire and become president of the United States. So he needs some lessons in history. When Trump begins to appreciate his own history, I am sure he will have a different message the next time he gets the chance to talk about Africa,’’ he concluded.

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