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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Responds To Trump’s Brazen Comments Towards Africa

July 12, 2018
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement responding to President Trump’s outrageous comments about Africa at the end of a press conference during the NATO summit in Brussels.

"I am once again saddened to see Trump so ill-informed.  Most of Africa is peaceful, and it is not at all accurate to characterize an entire continent through a conflict framework.

"Africa is comprised of 54 countries and more than 1.2 billion people living in different geographic regions and diverse economies.  This means that African countries cannot and should not be viewed through one lens.  Africa is the world’s second-fastest growing economy and several international observers have named the continent, 'the future economic growth engine of the world.'

"I reject the notion that this is a one-way relationship based on saving the African continent.  Africa is a region of global strategic and diplomatic importance, so the relationship should be based on partnership.  U.S. policy toward the continent must continue to be diverse and balanced between defense, diplomacy, and development."

Find President Trump's comments here