Ronald Reagan called Africans at UN ‘monkeys’, tapes reveal
Former US President Ronald Reagan described African delegates to the UN as “monkeys”, in newly-unearthed tapes published by a US magazine.
He made the comment in a 1971 telephone call with then-President Richard Nixon.
Mr Reagan, who was governor of California at the time, was angered that African delegates at the UN sided against the US in a vote.
Members of the Tanzanian delegation started dancing after the UN voted to recognise China and expel Taiwan.
Mr Reagan, who was a supporter of Taiwan, called the president the following day to express his apparent frustration.
He said: “To see those… monkeys from those African countries – damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!”
Mr Nixon, who quit as president in 1974, can then be heard laughing……..read more