Trump & Africa: One year on


Just over a year ago Donald Trump took over the US Presidency, and while he did not have much to say about Africa before his inauguration, his comments since taking office have not done much to endear himself to the continent.

In addition Trump’s unsavoury comments in January about African refugees, he has also threatened to cut much aid to the continent, and his “America First” approach will surely leave Africa in a tricky situation.

At the same time, the year has seen increased military involvement in Somalia and West Africa. And there are a few African heads of state like Egypt’s Abdel el-Sisi and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni who have praised Trump’s style of government.

So how has US policy on Africa changed under the 45th American president? And what is the state of relations between the continent and Trump after year one?

CGTN’s Beatrice Marshall engages Jalingo Agba, African Affairs Analyst in Lagos; Nii Akuetteh, Executive Director of African Immigrant Caucus in Washington DC; and Dr Alex Awiti, Director of the East African Institute at the Aga Khan University in Nairobi to find out more.