Trump thanks African leaders for making his friends rich

Trump thanks African leaders for making his friends rich

There is no country called Nambia.

Trump delivered the remark at a luncheon he hosted with the leaders of numerous 54 diverse nations on the African continent.

"They're spending a lot of money".

President Donald Trump congratulated the leaders of African nations Wednesday on the "business potential" of their countries, telling them that he has "so many friends" going to the continent "trying to get rich". "But it does, it has tremendous business potential, and representing huge amounts of different markets, and for American firms it's really become a place they have to go, that they want to go".

But beyond expressing what seems like a notable lack of understanding about the world from someone whose literal job description is often listed as "leader of the free world", perhaps the most notable part of Trump's speech to African leaders came not in the form of him displaying ignorance of Africa, but of an uncomfortable acquaintance with the continent.

The leaders of Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Guinea, Senegal, Namibia and Uganda were present at the President's lunch during the annual UN General Assembly session. From the 15th to 18th centuries, European slavers kidnapped an estimated 11 million Africans and sold them overseas as part of the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Earlier today, President Donald Trump delivered a short address to African leaders who were gathered at the United Nations. After the conquest of African decentralized and centralized states, the European powers set about establishing colonial state systems.

Trump also created controversy on Twitter when he mistakenly pronounced Namibia as "Nambia" during his speech as he was emphasizing that country's healthcare system, which he said is becoming more self-sufficient.