Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Why I Didn’t Discuss ‘Shithole’ Comment With Trump – Buhari

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari Monday said he avoided bringing up President Donald Trump ’ s alleged vulgar remarks about African countries when the two presidents today at the White House because he was not sure his American counterpart truly made comment .

Buhari, the first sub - Saharan Africa president to meet Trump since he was sworn in January 2017 , is currently in the US for bilateral talks on the invitation of the American president .

“I am not sure about the validity or whether that allegation against the President was true or not, so the best thing to do for me is to keep quiet, ” Buhari said during a joint press conference with Trump at the Rose Garden at the White House.

Trump came under fire early in the year after he reportedly called some African countries ‘ shithole ’ at a private White House meeting on January 12 . But he denied making the comment and labelled his accusers as fake news peddlers .

He doubled down on that denial during the press conference .

“We didn’ t discuss it , because the president knows me, and he knows where I ’ m coming from and I appreciate that . We did not discuss it , ” Trump said.

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