Pretoria, South Africa : While American students are drowning in student loan debt, South Africa, a Trump “Shithole” country, is pushing ahead with a plan to offer free university education to students from poor households and will announce funding details in February’s budget, Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, told reporters at a televised news conference in Pretoria on Tuesday.
President Jacob Zuma said in December that the government would bankroll the tuition without giving details of how it would be funded.
The announcement rattled financial markets and critics said it was a populist promise that risked widening an already gaping budget deficit.
A government report and the treasury said the plan was unaffordable.
Some critics also said the timing of the announcement, which came days before Zuma stepped down as leader of the ruling African National Congress, showed he no longer cared about fiscal responsibility.
Gigaba said that costs estimates had been finalised and the plan would be implemented over eight years.
“The president found himself in an invidious position …. It is about how to manage the process and implement it in a sustainable manner without having to breach the fiscal expenditure ceiling,’’ he said.”
“If the president had not acted this year to provide some funding it would have resulted in further protests,” he said.
Since 2015 protests by students demanding free education rocked campuses across the country, disrupting teaching and examinations and culminating in a march to Zuma’s offices in Pretoria that saw the president freeze tuition increases.
Meanwhile, South Africa has formally lodged a protest to the U.S. embassy in Pretoria and summoned the deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in the capital, Pretoria – after Trump called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting on immigration.
The Nigerian government has summoned the US ambassador, Stuart Symington, to explain the derogatory comments made by President Donald Trump which referred to African countries as a shithole.
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Tope Elias-Fatile, in a text message to journalists in Abuja, said the US diplomat will met government officials on Monday.
Ghana also summoned its US ambassador, Robert Porter Jackson, to protest President Trump’s alleged uncomplimentary remarks.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchway said Ghana would not tolerate unprovoked attacks and attempts by Trump to denigrate their freedoms and rights.
Namibia last week issued a strong statement condemning Mr. Trump.
The alleged remarks drew worldwide condemnation, with many people calling the U.S. president a racist leader.
EARLIER : Video : “SHITHOLE”, Poop Emojis, Projected Onto Trump D.C. Hotel – Washington, D.C., USA : A video was projected onto Trump Hotel in DC, Saturday, with “SHITHOLE” in caps and poop emojis, 💩s, flying around. “Pay Trump bribes here,” “emoluments welcome” and “we are all responsible to stand up and end white supremacy” were also projected onto the building.
Trump restaurant, hotel and other properties also reportedly received and are continuing to receive an avalanche of 1-star “shithole” reviews on Yelp and other public websites.
Trump has faced intense backlash for calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting on immigration this week.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly said, before suggesting that the U.S. bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.
Lawmakers, media figures and world leaders have all decried Trump’s comments. The African Union, representing all 55 African countries, demanded Saturday that Trump apologize for the remarks
EARLIER : ‘Your Mouth Is The Foulest Shithole In The World’ – Vicente Fox, Ex-Mexico President To Trump – “.@realDonaldTrump, your mouth is the foulest shithole in the world. With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not. America’s greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?” Vicente Fox Quesada, @VicenteFoxQue tweeted.
Vicente Fox Quesada, a former Mexican President, who served from 2000-2006 and a successful ex-top manager of Coca-Cola Mexico, gave a withering response to US president, Donald Trump referring to El Salvador, Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries” during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office – on a bipartisan immigration deal.
Mr Fox then went on to question whether Mr Trump, whose family originally comes from Germany, had forgotten his own immigrant heritage. The president’s mother was born in Scotland came to America at the age of 17.
The businessman, who was president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, said: “America’s greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?”
Before he was even elected, Trump raised the ire of many Latinos when he announced he wanted to build a wall to keep Mexicans from coming into the U.S. Most of the people here illegally, he said at a press conference, were “criminals and rapists.” He wanted those “bad hombres” kept out.
Then, months into his presidency, Trump was quoted saying he didn’t want anyone else from Haiti coming to the U.S. because “they all have AIDS.” Later, he told some staff that there were too many Nigerians in the U.S., and future immigration policy should cut way, way back. If you let them in, he warned, they’ll never “go back to their huts.”
Black Americans didn’t escape unscathed either. They should stop their blind allegiance to the Democrats and vote for him, Trump said at a 2016 campaign event, because, “What the hell do you have to lose?” The inner cities, he insisted, were full of crime and poverty — “they’re just hell.”.
Later in the year, Charlottesville, Va., erupted, and white nationalists streamed through the university town’s streets, carrying torches and chanting about how they refused to be replaced by Jews or people of color. There would be no questioning their superiority as white people.
Counterprotests erupted; some became violent, and one woman, Hether Hayer, was killed when a white fascist drove into an integrated crowd and mowed down several people.
Yet the nation waited two days for Trump’s reaction or statement. And when it finally came, many were shocked. In a brief news conference, the president chided the media for its uneven coverage, even as leaders of his own party squirmed on the sidelines. “There are very fine people on both sides,” Trump insisted, saying that antifa demonstrators bore some of the blame for the chaos too.
EARLIER : Norway OK, Not ‘ShitHole Countries’, El Salvador, Haiti, Africa – Trump Sparks Outrage – Trump referred to immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and African nations as coming from “shithole countries”, in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers Thursday, inssisting the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from countries such as Norway.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said.
“Why do we need more Haitians?….. “Take them out.” he added insisting they be taken out if any bipartisan immigration deal.
Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) were present at the meeting.
In a statement, the White House did not deny Trump’s “shithole” comments.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said.
“The president will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration — two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country,” he continued. “Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”
Trump’s remarks sparked outrage from both sides of the aisle, with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) calling on Trump to give a “detailed explanation” for his remarks and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) calling Trump’s comment “racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy.”
“I look forward to getting a more detailed explanation regarding the President’s comments. Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin,” Hatch said in a tweet from his office.
Hatch is the senior most Republican to call on Trump to explain his comments from an Oval Office meeting Thursday with lawmakers discussing protections for immigrants from several countries, which were first reported by The Washington Post and confirmed by multiple other outlets.
The NAACP said in a statement, “The United States’ position as a moral leader throughout the world has been thoroughly damaged by the continuous lowbrow, callous and unfiltered racism repeatedly espoused by President Trump. His decision to use profanity to describe African, Central American and Caribbean countries is not only a low mark for this president, it is a low point for our nation.”
Rattled by the US president’s offensive comments, many current and former residents of nations maligned by Trump have responded angrily and demanded an apology.
Trump’s divisive language has been equally criticized inside the US itself with Republican Congresswoman Dina Titus describing Trump as a “vile stain” on America’s reputation.
Cedric Richmond, Democratic representative and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, slammed the president’s comments as “yet another confirmation of his racially insensitive and ignorant views.
Mia Love, a Republican Representative of Haitian descent dismissed Trump’s comments as “unkind, divisive, elitist” and demanded an apology to the American people and the nations he “wantonly maligned.”
In an angry tweet, the former Haitian President Laurent Lamothe minced no words saying that Trump’s remark “shows a lack of respect and ignorance.”
An equally incensed former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who has never been a fan of the current occupant of the White House, wrote that “America’s greatness was built on diversity.”
The government of Botswana asked the US government to clarify if Botswana was regarded as a “shithole country” and called his comments “irresponsible, reprehensible and racist.”
“The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump, must use this descriptor and derogatory word, when talking about countries with whom the US has had cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations for so many years,” the Botswana government said in a statement condemning his remarks.
The African nation said it had accepted US citizens over the years, including senior government officials, which is “why we view the utterances by the current American President as highly irresponsible, reprehensible, and racist.”
The government of El Salvador issued a “letter of protest” to the US government over Trump’s remarks, demanding respect for its citizens and noting their contribution in rebuilding the Pentagon after 9/11 and in the reconstruction of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
South Africa’s ruling party issued a statement from its deputy secretary general, saying, “It’s offensive for President Trump to make derogatory statements about countries that do not share policy positions with the US.”
he government of Haiti said in a statement it was “deeply shocked and outraged” by Trump’s remark — and called it “racist.”
“These insulting and reprehensible statements in no way reflect the virtues of wisdom, restraint and discernment that must be cultivated by any high political authority,” the statement said, adding that Trump’s remark “reflects a totally erroneous and racist view of the Haitian community and its contribution to the United States.”
The president of Senegal said in a tweet that he was “shocked” by Trump’s comments about Haiti and African nations. “I reject them and condemn them vigorously. Africa and the black race deserves the respect and consideration of all,” he said.
Vicente Fox Quesada, a former Mexican President, who served from 2000-2006 and a successful ex-top manager of Coca-Cola Mexico, gave a withering response to these words, attributed to the US president.
“.@realDonaldTrump, your mouth is the foulest shithole in the world. With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not. America’s greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?” @VicenteFoxQue tweeted.
This is already the second time in a month that Trump has been accused of making racially charged remarks during private meetings.
In December, Trump reportedly said that immigrants from Nigeria would never “go back to their huts” in Africa after experiencing life in the United States.
Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill) said Thursday that a group of six senators has locked down an agreement amongst themselves on a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a border security package.
The deal clinched by a bipartisan group of Senators to provide protection to juvenile immigrants known as Dreamers is facing pushback from Trump