Trump: Some African nations are 'very tough places to live'


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 Trump: Some African nations are 'very tough places to live'

    President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, April 30, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Trump later offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his remarks, The Associated Press reported in January. There was also internal debate in the West Wing over whether Trump said "shithole" or "shithouse," the AP reported.

    At the news conference Monday, Trump told Buhari that "you do have some countries that are in very bad shape and very tough places to live in. But we didn't discuss it because the president knows me, and he knows where I'm coming from. And I appreciate that. We did not discuss it."

    Later Monday, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman tweeted to Buhari: "FYI he said it." Manigault Newman resigned in December, but her departure wasn't effective until Jan. 20.

    Buhari is the first African leader to come to the White House since Trump took office. Nigeria, Africa's most-populous country with nearly 200 million people, is the continent's largest economy and its leading crude oil exporter.

    Trump said he urged Buhari to remove trade barriers in a move that will allow additional U.S. investment in the country. Trump said that the U.S. sends Nigeria more than $1 billion annually in foreign aid and that the U.S. ought to get something in return for its financial contribution.

    "We will be investing substantially in Nigeria if they can create that level playing field that we have to, very much, ask for and maybe demand," Trump said.

    Buhari did not directly respond to Trump's call for the removal of trade barriers.

    Trump said during a joint appearance with Buhari in the Oval Office earlier Monday that terrorism was the other big issue on the agenda.

    The extremist group Boko Haram launched a violent insurgency in northeast Nigeria nine years ago with the goal of creating an Islamic state. Tens of thousands of people have been killed while mass abductions of schoolgirls brought the group international notoriety. Trump called Boko Haram a "terrible problem" and said the Islamic State group has been "very much decimated."

    Trump also highlighted the sale of 12 U.S. military attack planes to Nigeria to aid its anti-terrorism efforts.

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    Associated Press writer Sam Olukoya in Lagos, Nigeria, contributed to this report.

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    This story has been corrected to show that Trump is alleged to have said the vulgar term in January, not last year, and that Nigeria is Africa's most-populous country, not its second-most populous.

    By: Associated Press

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