ADDIS ABABA – The 55-nation African Union appears to have decided to react diplomatically and strategically to President Donald Trump’s alleged vulgar remarks about the continent.
Rather than issuing an angry condemnation of Trump’s reported comments in which he likened Africa to a filthy toilet, the African Union may decide to follow the advice of its new chairperson, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, to deal with the US President as the leader of a country elected by his people.
He made these remarks on Monday as the annual summit drew to a close. Kagame spoke at the Union after meeting Trump last Friday in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum.
“I’ve met the President of the United States but the President of the United States is Trump,” Kagame said.
He added: “For me the most value is to meet the President of the United States. When the United States decides to give us Trump as their president, we will deal with that president.”
Trump’s comments about the continent outraged many African leaders. Trump said he didn’t use such language, while others present say he did.
It appears the fury has been muted by a letter sent by Trump to African leaders in the past week in which he said he “deeply respects” the people of Africa.
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