Donald Trump writes to African leaders that he ‘deeply respects’ the people of Africa and that he will be sending his top diplomat, secretary of state Rex Tillerson top visit the continent in March this year.
Trump’s letter dated Thursday 25 January, says the US “profoundly respects” the partnerships and values shared by the US and Africans and that the president’s commitment to strong relationships with African nations is “firm.”
“I want to underscore that the United States deeply respects the people of Africa. Our soldiers are fighting side by side to defeat terrorists and build secure communities”
Trump during an Oval Office meeting early this month ask why the U.S. is allowing people from “shithole countries,” referencing Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries, to immigrate to America.
Several African presidents reacted angrily to Trump calling Africa ‘shithole’. The African Union Mission in Washington DC representing African countries had demanded that US President Donald Trump to apologise.
The African Union Mission condemns the comments in the strongest terms and demands a retraction of the comment as well as an apology to not only the Africans but to all people of African descent around the globe
While Trump has denied making the offensive statements, he has since met the African Union chairperson, Paul Kagame of Rwanda whom he described as a ‘friend’ and sent this ‘reassuring’ letter to African leaders.