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African leaders 'almost' demanded apology from Trump

African Union (AU) chair Paul Kagame (L) with US President Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum

African leaders were very close to officially demanding US President Donald Trump publicly apologize for reportedly crude remarks about the continent and immigration, but backed off, reports say.

The African Union drafted its response to the president at a summit this week. The draft warned that Trump's “racist and xenophobic behaviour” puts the strategic partnership between the United States and Africa at risk.

It says African heads of state are “appalled” by the Trump's apparent remarks and “dismayed and shocked by the increasingly consistent trend from the Trump administration to denigrate people of African descent and other people of colour.”

But the African Union decided not to release the draft. It pointed to a January 25 letter from Trump in which he pledged his “deep respect” for Africa and announced that secretary of state Rex Tillerson will make an “extended visit” to Africa in March.

Trump also met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame on the sidelines of the Davos economic forum last week. Kagame is the current chair of the African Union. He says the AU will have to find a way to get along with Trump.

“When the United States decided to give us Trump as their president, we will deal with that president,” Kagame said.

Trump reportedly called Africa, Haiti, and El Salvador “shithole countries” during a White House meeting on immigration earlier this month, and wanted to exclude Haiti from any immigration reform deal.

He denied using such crude language. 

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+2 #11 Akot 2018-02-05 20:30
D.Trump will, as his predecessors, leave Kagame-Museveni... in office!

Just as UN bosses came, were reelected or renewed while African demons remain in office: the difference is that UN helps demons empty shitholes of their young looking for education/healthcare-jobs & parents looking for a future for their children in developed countries!

How many European leaders came & left museveni in power, at least 5, right?

D.Trump has 4 years & just another 4 if reelected!

Museveni has been there for 32 years & has already cleared ground for his continuity!

Who is the danger, who insults Africans?
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+3 #12 kirya 2018-02-06 02:51
African leaders are the shit holes who mess their own countries and leave their citizens in need of moving to racists countries.
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0 #13 Odongo Richard Otim 2018-02-06 06:29
I have realised that Trump is not a bad leader but he becomes so irritated when touchy issues comes to his desks like immigrants, trades and taxes where he feels the Americans will bear the burdens.

This makes him reacts with outbursts and talks what can't creates good diplomatic relationships.

He should be firm enough to handle diplomatic issues with curiosity and diplomatically in the whole Globe as the international power.

Undermining developing countries is a negligence of his duties.
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+1 #14 Lakwena 2018-02-06 07:43
In other words, you don't bite the hand that feeds you, do you? Na.
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