Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

UNGA: Trump hosts Buhari, other African leaders

UNGA: Trump hosts Buhari, other African leaders

In his remarks, Trump also said that Africa "has tremendous business potential" and cited his "many friends going to your countries trying to get rich".

Trump hosted a UN lunch with a range of leaders from African nations in NY on Wednesday and during a speech went to congratulate them on their economic progress. For a president to talk of the Africa as a place where foreigners rich come to make money, without acknowledging the terrible history of people doing just that, must have been at the very least uncomfortable for African leaders who know the history.

"In this room, I see partners for promoting prosperity and peace on a range of economic, humanitarian and security issues".

"Africa has tremendous business potential", Trump continued, while hosting the leaders of Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda during the United Nations General Assembly in NY. They are spending a lot of money.

The President has recalled and not yet replaced most of the Obama-era ambassadors to African countries, meaning there are no United States officials in numerous countries with authority to conduct bilateral relationships.

"I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich".

"It's really become a place that they have to go, that they want to go", he said. "Increasing American trade and investment across diverse industries - including agriculture, energy, transportation, healthcare, travel, and tourism - will further transform lives throughout the continent". "The outlook is bright".

He went on to praise health care advancements in the non-existent country of Nambia.

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