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General News of Monday, 15 January 2018


Your response to Trump's 'shithole' comment can affect us - Irbard warns African leaders

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Security Consultant, Irbard Ibrahim, has cautioned African leaders to thread cautiously in their response to the unsavoury comments attributed to US President Donald Trump, for the sake of international diplomacy.

Mr. Ibrahim in statement addressed to African leaders, tasked them to measure their response to Donald Trump in a way that will be diplomatic and unprovoked manner in order not to escalate matters.

He stated that; "Africa should also be careful not to take the bait - there is a general sense of disquiet within the American political establishment with the sudden rise of a mogul to the White House. As a result, mainstream American media maximizes the flaws of the Trump administration to hurt his chances of re-election in 2020 while domestic policies he is implementing are completely overlooked".

He further asked Africans to pardon Trump for his comments; "Just like any one of us, President Trump is human and fallible and Africa should be careful not to fall prey to the anti-Trump narrative being pursued by a section of the US press. Comments our leaders make today may have far-reaching diplomatic consequences for us in the near future".

He added that any rush reaction by African leaders can affect the bilateral and multilateral relations between America and the continent.

"Although the comment from President Trump is extremely derogatory and distasteful, African leaders should tread cautiously, and not do anything that would affect the bilateral and multilateral relations between America and this continent".

He concluded that; "US Visa Lottery as an American diversification program, has enabled Africans, Asians, Arabs, Latinos and other people around the world to seek greener pastures and also contribute towards the development of the US and, therefore, they do not deserve such distasteful descriptions by President Trump.”

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