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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 file photo, Uganda's long-time President Yoweri Museveni waves to supporters from the sunroof of his vehicle as he arrives for an election rally at Kololo Airstrip in Kampala, Uganda. Addressing members of the regional East African Legislative Assembly Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, Museveni said he loves President Donald Trump and that he should be praised for not mincing words. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

‘I love Trump,’ Uganda’s leader says, despite vulgar remark

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda’s president says he loves President Donald Trump and that he should be praised for not mincing words.

“I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly,” President Yoweri Museveni said Tuesday, shortly after the U.S. ambassador apologized for Trump’s recent reference to African nations as “sh**hole countries.”

“I don’t know whether he was misquoted or whatever. But he talks to Africans frankly,” Museveni said. “In the world, you cannot survive if you are weak.”

The Ugandan leader was addressing members of the regional East African Legislative Assembly.

Several African nations have expressed shock and condemnation at Trump’s remark. He has denied using that language while others present says he did.

Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, also called Trump an honest man during his State of the Nation address on Jan 1.

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Earlier on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac met Uganda’s speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, and described Trump’s controversial remark as “obviously quite disturbing and upsetting.”

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