Trump To African Leaders: My Friends Go To Your Countries To Get Rich

Jesselyn Cook

Africa is a continent of “tremendous, tremendous potential,” U.S.President Donald Trumptold African leaders at a luncheon on Wednesday.

“Africa has tremendous business potential,” Trump continued, while hosting the leaders of Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich. I congratulate you,” he said. “They’re spending a lot of money.”

He went on to praise health care advancements in thenon-existent country of Nambia. It is unclear if he was referring to Gambia in West Africa, Zambia in southern Africa, or perhaps Namibia in southwest Africa. White House transcriptssuggest the latter.

Trump also announced he’s interested in boosting American investment to create jobs in Africa.

His administration has been “closely monitoring and deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence in South Sudan and in the Congo,” and will be dispatching U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to Africa to “discuss avenues of conflict and resolution and, most importantly, prevention,” he added.

In hisfirst speech before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump spoke for 41 minutes on a number of controversial topics, at one point threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea.

But members of the Zimbabwean delegation, including President Robert Mugabe, seemed far from interested. A widely shared image appears to show the 93-year-old leader falling asleep in his seat.

Maybe Trump’s speech would have been better received by Nambian leaders.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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