President Donald Trump is still facing backlash after reportedly referring to Haiti, El Salvador and several African nations as “s**thole countries.” In a recent letter to several African leaders, however, his words are a bit more respectful.
In a letter sent to African leaders this week, which was obtained by NBC News, the President says he “deeply respects” native Africans and promised “strong and respectful relationships” with the continent’s several countries.
Coincidently, the letter comes just before a planned African Union summit taking place in Ethiopia next weekend.
45 also offered “best wishes for a successful summit,” while claiming his administration will guarantee “free, fair and reciprocal trade” with African nations, while working to “safeguard legal immigration.”
I believe in America. As President of the United States, I will always put America First. Just like the leaders of other countries should put their countries first. But America First does not mean America alone. When the United States grows, so does the world. American prosperity has created countless jobs around the globe and the drive for excellence, creativity and innovation in the United States has led to important discoveries that help people everywhere live more prosperous and healthier lives. #WEF18 #USA
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The letter also states Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make an “extended visit” in March.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.