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"America deeply respects Africa" -Donald Trump

President Donald Trump said the United
States “deeply respects” Africans and will
dispatch its top diplomat to the continent,
in a letter to African leaders seen by AFP
on Sunday.
The letter sent last week comes after Trump
provoked a firestorm of indignation among
African nations earlier in January when he
reportedly called them “shithole countries”
during a meeting with lawmakers in
While Trump has denied the remarks, they
are expected to be formally condemned by
the 55 member states of the African Union
during their ongoing summit in the
Ethiopian capital.
“I want to underscore that the United
States deeply respects the people of Africa,
and my commitment to strong and
respectful relationships with African
nations as sovereign nations is firm,”
Trump wrote in the letter.
“Our soldiers are fighting side-by-side to
defeat terrorists,” he said, and “we are
working together to increase free, fair and
reciprocal trade.”
The letter was not made public, but its
existence was confirmed by Chris Meade, a
diplomat with the US delegation to the AU.
Meade declined to comment on its
contents, but an AU source confirmed the
accuracy of the text of the letter circulating
on social media.
Earlier this month media reports emerged
of Trump demanding to know during a
meeting on immigration reform why the
United States should accept citizens from
“shithole countries”, including Haiti, El
Salvador and the entire African continent.
Trump defended himself on Twitter, saying:
“The language used by me… was tough, but
this was not the language used.”
In the letter, Trump does not acknowledge
the reported comments, but said Secretary
of State Rex Tillerson would make a
“extended visit” in March. He told African
leaders that he looks forward to “welcoming
many of you to the White House.”

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