In this region alone, three countries are battling militant groups that waging wars across their borders .
Last year, Trump’s administration approved the sale of 12 military planes
and security equipment worth $600 million to Nigeria, combating Boko Haram insurgency .
Trump said the US was reinforcing members of the military because “through strength you get peace.”
“We are going to have a military like we’ve never had before. We’ve given out orders for you know, the best fighter jets in the world, the best ships, the best everything but hopefully, we’ll never have to use them, ” he told .
However, his message of peace missed the mark and described criticism from social media commentators who believe his remarks reinforce preconceived Western notions about the continent .
“Sure. You and I know that anything Trump tells about Africa will reveal his ignorance& racism. But it will also reinforce the myths and stereotypes about the continent that many Americans have in their heads .
“And the style we think about place shapes the style we treat it& its people, ” said Twitter user John Edwin Mason .
Others said the president’s statements absence any geographical knowledge of the continent .
It is not the first time the US President has landed in hot water over his comments on Africa .
Trump faced immense backlash after he was reported to have said immigrants coming to the United States emerged from “shithole” countries in Africa and Haiti, a reference he has since denied
, saying he was not a racist .
Trump made moves to improve US ties with African governments earlier in the year after he sent former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on a visit across the continent .