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Trump's Insults Will Nudge African Nations Closer To China

The danger for the U.S. is that Trump's reported slurs make China an even more enticing partner for African nations, writes Somali-British journalist Ismail Einashe.
Chinese construction workers carry reinforcing rods on a building site in Algiers, Algeria. Source: Pascal Parrot

Last week President Trump reportedly singled out Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "shithole countries" whose people were not the kind of immigrants the United States wanted. At the time, I happened to be in Serekunda, The Gambia's largest urban area, as Trump's slur shocked people across Africa. The anger was palpable.

Trump saying it, but the reports led to a cascade of swift condemnation, including a United Nations spokesman the president's comments as "racist." The African Union, an nations, "outrage" and

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