Trump remarks Egypt may ‘blow up’ Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD)

Trump suggestion for Egyptian military action against Ethiopian Dam triggered outrage among Ethiopians. Mr. Trump thinks the dam stops the flow of Nile water to Egypt.

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Mr. Trump during speakerphone conversation with Sudanese PM Abdulla Hamdok. ( Photo : screenshot from Youtube video)

borkena
October 24, 2020

In a phone conversation with the Prime Minister of Sudan Abdulla Hamdok, President Donald Trump suggested that Egypt may blow up the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Trump remarked about GERD when he was announcing the normalization of the United States’ relation with Sudan following decades of sanctions.

“It’s a very dangerous situation because Egypt is not going to be able to live that way,” he said as reported by the AFP.  For him, the Dam stops the flow of water to Egypt. 

And he suggested: “They’ll end up blowing up the dam. And I said it and I say it loud and clear — they will blow up that dam. And they have to do something”

Furthermore, Mr. Trump said that Egypt should not have allowed the construction of it in the first place. From what he said during the speakerphone conversation,  it seems that he subscribes to the Egyptian view that the construction of the dam happened because Egypt was having an internal problem ( the revolution that removed President Hosni Mubarak from power) in 2011.

US-brokered Washington discussion between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan failed in February 2020 as the Trump administration pushed for a deal to benefit Egypt at the expense of Ethiopia.

Trump said on Friday, “I had a deal done for them and then unfortunately Ethiopia broke the deal, which they should not have done. That was a big mistake.”

His government cut aid funding to Ethiopia over Ethiopia’s defiance to the imposition of a deal that violates its sovereignty and disregards its sovereignty. 

More than 86 percent of the Nile water originates from Ethiopia – a country that is now determined to use its share of the water to provide electricity to the population with no access to it, which constitutes about 65 percent of the entire population.

A recent report from the Ministry of Irrigation indicated that 76 percent of the construction of the Dam is completed.

Reactions to Mr. Trump remark

Democratic Colorado Rep. Jason Crow said in a twitter message :  “The President’s comments about the #GERD are reckless & uninformed – #Ethiopia is a long-time ally of the U.S. The U.S. must act as an honest broker to ensure a sustainable diplomatic settlement and stop senseless foreign aid cuts.”

Ethiopian Americans who are active in US politics reacted to Trump’s remarks,too. Ted Alemayhu, who was a former Republican Congressional Candidate, said “I support Donald Trump because of his ‘America first’ policy which I continue to support. Nothing else! When it comes to Hagera- Ethiopia however, I will never ever back down from defending her!”

Mr. Trump’s view seems to have attracted Ethiopian-Americans, who are otherwise indifferent, to the US election as they think it would give them “power to vote out Trump.”

The office of Prime Minister of Ethiopia has issued a statement on Saturday in reaction to Trump’s remark. The statement said, “The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is an affirmation of Ethiopia’s commitment for equitable and reasonable utilization of the Abbay River.”

Mr. Trump’s uninformed stand on GERD has outraged Ethiopians in and outside of the country.



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6 Responses to "Trump remarks Egypt may ‘blow up’ Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD)"

  1. Alebachew   October 24, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Let this human garbage nazi Trump talk all he wants, he is the 21st century Benito Mussolini, a fascist under the watch of the American people, and the world knows it.
    He had plans to start a third world war to repeat history following the footsteps of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, however, the American systems of checks and balances held him back from starting one. now he is trying to start wars around the world indirectly, by adding fuels on countries which has disputes at one another, with their neighboring countries, such as Ethiopia and the Pharaohs (egypt).
    Nazi Trump has so far eluded from being impeached or thrown out off office for his incompetence, and by throwing the world’s greatest democracy in chaotic mode as well as by shaking and dis-balancing the core of the American democracy. Nazi Trump is still in power with the strong support of his NAZI lieutenants, namely, senator Mitch McConnell, Lindsay Graham, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, just to name a few.
    The American democracy is in a greatest threat and precarious situations that it has ever been in its history, and its habitats in a scare fully harrowing situations
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  2. Suraje   October 24, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Trump’s speech about blowing the Nile Dam, will be the dirty speech of this century!! This person is becoming MAD enough!! After he losing he win Mr Baden’s in their debates on election campaign!! Naw he don’t known anything what he talk!! So I am sorry for those leader of other countries by undergoing such meetings with this MAD person at this time!!!! Otherwise we Ethiopians don’t have any concerns to enter in to war with our brothers of Egyptian people! At all they also don’t need that l! Instead we can solve anything is wrong between us by negotiations and mutual respect. The Renaissance Dam is building for mutual benefit and equal utilization of our common natural resources!!

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  3. Ittu Aba Farda   October 24, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    No one will blame the old country if such off the cuff remark by the President upsets many over there. It was not a comment of wisdom. The Abiy government was the first country in that region to call both leaders of UAE and Israel with congratulation when they signed the peace agreement. Ethiopia has been the staunchest friend of Israel for ages except for a short lull in the 1970’s and 80’s. No other nation in the region worked so hard and sacrificed so much for peace in Africa and the region. So other country in the region committed itself and manpower so much in the fight against international terrorism more than the old country. The president’s off-the-cuff inciting remark is uncalled for. Those black folks are just exercising their birth rights with having their brothers and sisters in Sudan and Egypt in mind. If the President’s remark is intended to be a green light for Egypt that it can send its F-16’s to blow away the dam. It will not be something that will benefit the peoples of Sudan and Egypt. In fact it may end up to be the end of the Blue Nile as we know it today. That dam has already built up so much silt behind those thick and huge walls that sudden blowing up of the dam may trigger what hydrologist call an alluvial tsunami which will force rivers to flow backwards, The Blue Nile may end up flowing back in the direction it came from. I’m sure the leaders of Egypt understand that very well and they will just laugh it off upon hearing the president’s remark.
    I call this an off-the-cuff remark just because the press conference was not even about the dam but it was about the peace treaty agreed upon between Israel and Sudan. In any case, you folks make your own decision. I can see how Obbo Professor Al reacted to this remark. I can envision how he flew through the roof.

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  4. Alebachew   October 25, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Why are you guys not posting my comments?

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  5. Hanna   October 26, 2020 at 12:14 am

    Sad to hear this kind of nonsense from the president. America is a great nation his speech is not supported by Americans.
    It’s shows who he is as a person.

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  6. Daniel   October 28, 2020 at 11:46 am

    that is why he was once called a `moron`

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