In Speech To African Leaders, U.S. President Trump Compliments Nigeria’s Handling Of Ebola Outbreak, Announces U.N. Ambassador Haley, HHS Secretary Price To Travel To Continent

The Cable: Trump praises Nigeria’s tackling of Ebola, says Africa has tremendous potential
“U.S. President Donald Trump has lauded Nigeria for its handling of the 2014 outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. Trump on Wednesday also said there’s ‘tremendous business potential’ in Africa, revealing that his wealthy friends were investing in the continent. He said this while hosting President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders to a working lunch on the sidelines of the 72nd U.N. General Assembly in New York…” (9/21).

CNN: Trump praises health care of Nambia, a nonexistent African country
“President Donald Trump lavished praise on the health care system of Nambia during a speech at the United Nations. But there’s one little problem — there’s no such country. ‘In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak,’ Trump told African leaders gathered Wednesday. ‘Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient.’ Trump mentioned Nambia twice during the session attended by leaders of several nations, including Ghana, Namibia, and Uganda…” (Karimi, 9/21).

The Hill: Trump mispronounces Namibia in meeting with African leaders
“…Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster described the meeting as a working luncheon to discuss how the U.S. ‘can help African nations develop their economies, address urgent challenges, and strengthen security relationships and economic relationships between our nations’…” (Bowden, 9/20).

POLITICO: Trump to dispatch Haley and Price to Africa
“President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is dispatching United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to Africa. Trump told African leaders ahead of a lunch at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel that his administration is ‘closely monitoring and deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence in South Sudan and in the Congo’…” (McCaskill, 9/20).

Washington Post: Trump’s puzzling speech to African leaders, annotated
“President Trump delivered a brief speech to African leaders Wednesday at the United Nations, and in the span of about 800 words, he twice conjoined the names of two countries, Namibia and Zambia, creating the nonexistent nation of ‘Nambia,’ and told the leaders that many of his friends go to Africa to ‘get rich.’ Below are his full remarks, along with our annotations. (Note: This is a White House transcript, and the White House corrected Trump’s ‘Nambia’ reference to ‘Namibia.’ That is not what he said, so we have changed the transcript for accuracy.)…” (Blake et al., 9/20).

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