Donald Trump now full of praise for 'shithole' Africa

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For the past 7 years, Haitian immigrants have enjoyed "temporary protected status" because of the 2010 natural disaster that ravaged the nation.

The report also advised that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would make an "extended visit" to Africa in March, though no additional details were provided.

Trump's reported comments decrying immigration from "shithole countries" prompted global backlash, particularly from African leaders, who blasted the remarks as a deep insult from the president of an otherwise friendly country.

On January 13, Trump had "questioned" why the USA only accepted immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa, during a meeting at the Oval Office in White House to discuss reforming the country's immigration policy. Trump said during a meeting with members of Congress.

Since, the White House has denied such terms were ever spoken.

Many in Africa were taken aback by the comments after almost a year of little attention by the Trump administration to the world's second most populous continent.

"The letter - a copy of which was obtained by NBC News - is dated Thursday and was sent ahead of the African Union summit this weekend in Ethiopia", NBC reported Saturday.

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Israeli officials stated that Netanyahu and Plenković also discussed the expansion of bilateral ties in economy, security, water, agriculture, academia and tourism.

The President insisted in the letter that the U.S.

Dozens of former US ambassadors to African countries wrote a letter to Trump expressing "deep concern" over his comments and asking him to reconsider.

He said the USA supports AU's fight against terrorism, something he said will collectively improve air transport security, foster better trade between the U.S. and the African continent and safeguard legal immigration.

Trump also offered his "best wishes for a successful summit", and made note that his administration guarantees "free, fair and reciprocal trade" with African nations, while working to "safeguard legal immigration".

On Friday, Trump had a rare meeting with an African leader at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, calling Rwanda's president and new African Union chair Paul Kagame a "friend".

The African Union is expected to respond to Trump during Sunday's summit.

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