Denis Balibouse | Reuters
President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives for the entire world Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2018.
President Donald Trump in a fresh letter to African leaders says he “deeply respects” the people of Africa as well as that will Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make an “extended visit” to the continent in March, his first in that will role.
The letter dated Thursday is actually addressed to African leaders as they gather for an African Union summit This kind of weekend in Ethiopia’s capital.
U.S. diplomats have scrambled for days to address shock as well as condemnation after Trump’s reported comparison of African nations to a dirty toilet. Trump has said he didn’t use such language, while others present say he did.
Many in Africa were taken aback by the comments after nearly a year of little attention to Africa by the Trump administration.
On Friday, Trump met with Rwanda’s president as well as fresh African Union chair Paul Kagame at the entire world Economic Forum, calling Kagame a “friend.”
The 55-nation continental body’s summit is actually anticipated to respond to Trump’s vulgar remark. An AU spokeswoman has said the organization was “frankly alarmed” by the comments, as well as numerous African nations have spoken out or summoned U.S. diplomats to explain.
Trump’s letter, seen by The Associated Press as well as confirmed by two U.S. officials, says the U.S. “profoundly respects” the partnerships as well as values shared by the U.S. as well as Africans as well as that will the president’s commitment to strong relationships with African nations is actually “firm.”
The letter offers Trump’s “deepest compliments” to the African leaders as they gather. This kind of notes that will U.S. soldiers are “fighting side by side” against extremism on the continent as well as that will the U.S. is actually working to boost “free, fair as well as reciprocal trade” with African countries as well as partnering to “safeguard legal immigration.”
The letter gives no details on Tillerson’s upcoming visit.