President Trump, meeting with the chairman of the African Union on Friday, ignored questions from reporters about the president’s reference to nations on the continent as “shithole countries” in a closed-door meeting this month.
Trump’s meeting with Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda and chairman of the African Union, was his first meeting with an African leader since the comments, made in a bipartisan meeting at the Oval Office, were reported Jan. 11.
The African Union had called on Trump to apologize for the remarks. It is unknown whether they were discussed at all during the private portion of Friday’s meeting with Kagame, which took place at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“It’s a great honor to be with President Kagame,” Trump told reporters as he sat beside Kagame and several aides, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “We have had tremendous discussions.”
Kagame said he had “good discussions” with Trump on the economy and trade.
Trump called the discussions “absolutely terrific” and congratulated Kagame on his new leadership role with the African Union, which began this month.