Donald Trump might be America first but he has tweeted about Africa and it wasn't always pretty

Donald Trump might be America first but he has tweeted about Africa and it wasn't always pretty

- Donald Trump is a prolific tweeter and very few countries have been spared when he expresses himself on social media

- His America first policy has left little room for Africa and he is not a huge fan of the continent

- He does have his moments and has tweeted about Africa on occasion

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Donald Trump has a unique method of diplomacy which has resulted in him being hounded by his critics and praised by his supporters for his abrupt and direct manner of dealing with other nations.

He also happens to be the first US president whose tweets are analysed to such an extent. Trump often uses the social media platform to talk to his followers and express himself.

His tweets are not always well received and are not official policy statements but that doesn't stop people from taking his tweets as gospel.

As a prolific tweeter Trump has mentioned or addressed almost every country in the world, including South Africa.

Briefly.co.za investigated and found tweets written by Trump which addressed five African countries.

Egypt

Egypt is an African country that Donald Trump has tweeted about more than any other on the continent.

"I just want to let everybody know in case there was any doubt that we are very much behind President Sisi"
- President Trump during a press conference with President Sisi, 3 Apr 2017.

Presidetn Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Donald Trump have a close relationship which has grown since Trump took office.

Sisi rose to power when he led a military coup in Egypt in 2013. He has been severely criticised for alleged human rights violations including a violent crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood group which resulted in 1000 deaths.

Trump sees Egypt as a strong and valuable ally and is attempting to renew diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Nigeria

Trump caused quite a stir in the world of politics when he made a call the the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.

During the call Trump expressed his desire to renew negotiations in a bid to sell military equipment to Nigeria which was put on ice by the Obama administration when Nigerian forces accidentally bombed a refugee camp.

If the deal goes through, Trump will more than likely face fierce criticism over how he perceives human rights violations.

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South Africa

Donald Trump, it seems, is not a huge fan of Mzansi and calls the country a mess. However, in true Trump fashion, he also spoke to former president Jacob Zuma about expanding cooperation and trade between the two countries.

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Zuma and Trump have only ever spoken two each other over the phone once and the call was mainly about ways to increase trade between the countries, which is not surprising as over 600 US companies operate in South Africa.

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