How will Trump see Kenyatta after meeting? Buhari is ‘lifeless’
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari pushed to have a bilateral meeting with the United States President, Donald Trump last April. He succeeded. But Trump has a very appalling impression of the President of the most populous country in Africa. To Trump, Buhari is ‘lifeless’ and we warned his staff against arranging a meet with such ‘lifeless’ people in the future.
Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, leader of East Africa’s biggest economy has been scheduled to meet Trump, Monday, on official matters. But the question is, how will Trump feel Kenyatta? May be a little more lively or worse than Buhari.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta will meet US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office for 20 minutes before going into an expanded bilateral meeting in the Cabinet Room with their delegations.
The US is the largest source of tourists to Kenya and the country hopes direct flights from Nairobi to New York from October will boost arrivals.
Kenya is the 85th largest supplier of goods imported into the US and trade between the two countries is worth $1.5bn (£1.17bn) , according to America’s Department of Commerce.
Kenya also wants to secure financing for a new $4.5bn highway from the port city of Mombasa to the capital Nairobi.
Kenya is seen as a strategic partner to the US in the fight against terror in the East and Horn of Africa and both countries have troops in Somalia.
Strengthening security cooperation will be on the agenda when the two leaders meet in Washington DC.
President Kenyatta will also meet UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday in Nairobi after she visits South Africa and Nigeria.
The BBC reports the US President to have told his aides he never again wanted to meet someone so lifeless as Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, 75, following their meeting at the White House in April, three unnamed sources have told the UK-based Financial Times newspaper.
Mr Buhari was the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to be invited by Mr Trump to the White House, suggesting that the US president saw Nigeria – a leading oil producer which is battling militant Islamists – as a key ally.