President Trump plans to increase US investments in Africa

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President Donald Trump speaks when he hosted  a luncheon for African leaders. PHOTO/TWITTER

By AGENCIES

newsdesk@reporter.co.ke

President Donald Trump has announced that he’s interested in boosting American investment to create jobs in Africa.

President Trump said his administration has been “closely monitoring and deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence in South Sudan and in the Congo,” and will be dispatching U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to Africa to “discuss avenues of conflict and resolution and, most importantly, prevention,” he added.

In his first speech before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump spoke for 41 minutes on a number of controversial topics, at one point threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea.

He said Africa is a continent of “tremendous, tremendous potential,” U.S. President Donald Trump told African leaders at a luncheon on Wednesday.

Honoured to host a luncheon for African leaders this afternoon. Great discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing our nations. Trump said in a tweet. PHOTO/TWITTER

“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 New York.

“I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich. I congratulate you,” he said. “They’re spending a lot of money.”

He went on to praise health care advancements in the non-existent country of Nambia. It is unclear if he was referring to Gambia in West Africa, Namibia in southwest Africa, or perhaps Zambia in southern Africa.

President Robert Mugabe and members of his delegation overwhelmed with sleep at the UN General Assembly. PHOTO/COURTESY

But members of the Zimbabwean delegation, including President Robert Mugabe, seemed far from interested. A widely shared image appears to show the 93-year-old leader falling asleep in his seat.

Maybe Trump’s speech would have been better-received by Nambian leaders.

 

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