Trump sends minute to African leaders in arise of reportedly comparing nations to a 'dirty toilet'

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President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives for a World Economic Forum (WEF) annual assembly in Davos, Switzerland Jan 25, 2018.

President Donald Trump in a new minute to African leaders says he “deeply respects” a people of Africa and that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make an “extended visit” to a continent in March, his initial in that role.

The minute antiquated Thursday is addressed to African leaders as they accumulate for an African Union limit this weekend in Ethiopia’s capital.

U.S. diplomats have scrambled for days to residence startle and defamation after Trump’s reported comparison of African nations to a unwashed toilet. Trump has pronounced he didn’t use such language, while others benefaction contend he did.

Many in Africa were taken aback by a comments after scarcely a year of small courtesy to Africa by a Trump administration.

On Friday, Trump met with Rwanda’s boss and new African Union chair Paul Kagame during a World Economic Forum, job Kagame a “friend.”

The 55-nation continental body’s limit is approaching to respond to Trump’s coarse remark. An AU mouthpiece has pronounced a classification was “frankly alarmed” by a comments, and a series of African nations have oral out or summoned U.S. diplomats to explain.

Trump’s letter, seen by The Associated Press and reliable by dual U.S. officials, says a U.S. “profoundly respects” a partnerships and values common by a U.S. and Africans and that a president’s joining to clever relations with African nations is “firm.”

The minute offers Trump’s “deepest compliments” to a African leaders as they gather. It records that U.S. soldiers are “fighting side by side” opposite extremism on a continent and that a U.S. is operative to boost “free, satisfactory and reciprocal trade” with African countries and partnering to “safeguard authorised immigration.”

The minute gives no sum on Tillerson’s arriving visit.

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