The United States Embassy in Ghana has distanced itself from comments made by US President Donald Trump, where he reportedly described Africa as a continent with ‘shithole countries’.
The American president has come in for strong criticism after the Washington Post reported on his disparaging statement against countries in Africa, as well as Haiti and El Salvador.
Trump is alleged to have made the ‘shithole’ comments during a meeting at the White House to consider migrant policies.
However, the United States Embassy in Ghana has distanced itself from Trump’s alleged comments.
A statement on the Embassy’s official Twitter account said America has “great respect” for Ghana and all other African countries for that matter.
It added that the US values its relationship with all of its associates and partners on the continent and is committed to making sure those relationships remain strong.
The Embassy tweeted: We have great respect for the people of Africa. Our commitment to Ghana and all our African partners remains strong. It’s an honor for our staff to serve here alongside Ghanaians, and we deeply value our relationship with them.”
The African Union (AU) has slammed President Trump for his reported comments, while describing it as “clearly racist”.
A strong-worded statement from the United Nations (UN) also condemned the American president for what they termed as “particularly harsh and offensive” language.
Despite Trump dismissing claims that he made such disparaging comments, there has been pressure from high-profile persons in Africa requesting an unqualified apology from him.