Just five days to his inauguration, President Donald J. Trump has questioned why the United State was still spending money to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, why all of the schoolgirls kidnapped by the group have not been rescued and whether Qaeda operatives from Africa are living in the United States.
He went further questioned the effectiveness of one of the more significant counterterrorism efforts on the continent.
Trump in four-page write up raised Africa-related questions.
“How does U.S. business compete with other nations in Africa? Are we losing out to the Chinese?” asks one of the first questions in the unclassified document provided to The New York Times. That is quickly followed with queries about humanitarian assistance money. “With so much corruption in Africa, how much of our funding is stolen? Why should we spend these funds on Africa when we are suffering here in the U.S.?
A big unknown, though, is how a Trump administration will handle foreign assistance to the continent and its 54 nations.