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President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari walk from the Oval Office to the Rose Garden of the White House for a news conference, April 30, 2018 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).

Trump’s Disdain for Africa Will Squander Decades of U.S. Outreach

Friday, May 4, 2018

This week, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to visit the White House, 15 months after President Donald Trump took office. Trump, by contrast, hosted leaders from every other major region of the world within the first few months of his presidency. The only other African leader he has welcomed to the White House is Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, more than a year ago.

In his Rose Garden press conference with Buhari, Trump pointedly did not deny calling African nations “shithole countries” earlier this year, in widely reported comments made during a meeting in the Oval Office—and he also didn’t apologize for them. Instead he dug in, saying of Africa that “you do have some countries that are in very bad shape and very tough places to live in.” ...

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