Donald Trump hosted the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to the White House on Monday.
The discussions on deck with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari dealt with security challenges, including the nearly decade-long insurgency by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria’s northeast. However, Trump hasn’t expressed the most positive views of Africa, including his description of some of African nations as “shithole countries” earlier this year.
The comments became more and more derogatory even with Trump joking that Nigerians wouldn’t want to return to their “huts” if they came to the US.
“The White House hopes Monday’s meeting will help shift those perceptions, at least slightly. The two leaders held talks in the Oval Office before moving to a working lunch. They’ll take questions from reporters at a joint news conference in the afternoon.”
“We have many things that we do together, as you know, especially on terrorism, terrorism-related,” Trump said in the Oval Office before the meeting began. “I look forward to our discussion today, very important, again, especially as it relates to terrorism. That’s terrorism here and terrorism all over the world. It’s a hotbed, and we’re going to be stopping that.”