Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | African leaders who met recently at the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa were initially set to demand an apology from U.S. President Donald Trump over his alleged reference to their nations as “shithole countries”. Trump denies making the comment.
At the summit, ministers even drafted a resolution calling on Trump to “publicly apologise to all Africans”.
But a Jan. 25 letter sent by Trump prompted a change of tack at presidential level.
“I want to underscore that the United States deeply respects the people of Africa and my commitment to strong and respectful relationships with African states as sovereign states is firm,” Trump said. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would “travel to Africa for an extended visit,” he said.