Written by Enock Balakasi
Some United States of America (USA) citizens living in Malawi took advantage of their First Lady Melania Trump Thursday’s visit in the country to demonstrate against President Donald Trump’s shit hole remarks towards low income African countries and his administration’s decision to cut foreign aid budget.
Mrs Trump who spent a few hours in Lilongwe, Malawi’s Capital City, visited Chipala Primary School where she launched a National Reading Program.
She later met Malawi’s First Lady Gertrude Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace.
Since her husband became leader of the USA, his administration has undertaken some measures “in the interest of America” that have not pleased the country’s allies and even some of its own citizens.
The reduction of foreign aid is one of such policies and Trump’s perpetual disregard of low income African countries by calling them names such as shit hole.
Led by Rachel Pope and Meghan Prin, the USA citizens stood in solidarity along the Kenengo road at Area 43, opposite the headquarters of the Malawi Police Service.
As their First Lady’s motorcade cruised by from Kamuzu International Airport (KIA), they raised placards that displayed their messages of displeasure at the Trump administration.
“Their huge budget cuts in international aid will lead to unnecessary deaths of women and children and undoes the work put into place by the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations,” Pope told Smash.
“We are not happy with the President’s shit hole remarks. Malawi is not a shithole. The whole of Africa is not a shithole. We hope that Melania sees that during her visit and reports back to her husband.
“We were proud of Obama’s care for the people of Africa and disgusted by the disdain expressed by Trump. He does not even know the Geography of Africa”.
She added: “We want to see a change for the good in our country back home and we want to see more care for people outside of the US.
“Melania’s trip is to focus on maternal and child health issues and yet the administration she represents is cutting funding for those very issues. We want her to see firsthand the people that their budget cuts are affecting”.
At a primary school in Lilongwe, Mrs. Trump toured classrooms, observe an English lesson, meet teachers and donate textbooks and soccer balls. She also plans to visit the Statehouse to meet over tea with Malawi’s first lady, Gertrude Mutharika.
The first ladies also walked through the gardens and watch a traditional dance performance.
Melania Trump is visiting Malawi, the second stop on a five-day goodwill visit to Africa.Mrs. Trump opened her first extended solo international trip on Tuesday in Ghana.
The remaining stops on her tour are Kenya and Egypt.