US President Donald Trump on Friday said he is honoured to have the African Union chairman as his friend and asked him to pass on his “warmest regards” to other regional leaders at a summit this weekend, after igniting outrage with a reported slur against Africans.
“It was an honor to meet with Republic of Rwanda President Paul Kagame this morning in Davos, Switzerland. Many great discussions!” Donald Trump shared in a tweet after the meeting.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2018
President Kagame, who is the current chair of the African Union, has turned over a new leaf in relations with the US. Meanwhile some African attendees have threatened to boycott President Trump’s speech today over comments he made earlier in the month when he reportedly used the word “shithole” to describe African nations. He has denied using that phrase.
“Had a very good bilateral meeting with DonaldTrump! Also agreed to the importance of US – Africa relations/cooperation!” Paul Kagame informed on his twitter handler.
Had very good bilateral meeting with @realDonaldTrump! Also agreed to the importance of US – Africa relations/cooperation!
— Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) January 26, 2018
The outspoken US leader during the meeting congratulated Rwandan President Paul Kagame on taking over as chair of the African bloc, which Trump said was a “great honour”.
“I know you’re going to your first meeting shortly. Please give my warmest regards,” Trump told Kagame after they held a one-on-one meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The US president ignored questions shouted by journalists about his reported dismissal this month of African nations as “shithole countries”, during a meeting on immigration with congressional leaders.
The 55-nation African Union chaired by Kagame demanded an apology, although Trump has denied making the remark as relayed by US lawmakers who were present at the meeting.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he loves Trump for being frank with Africa.
The African Union Commission chairman said yesterday in Addis Ababa that he has not finished digesting the statements of the US president.