U.S. President Biden Aims to Reconsolidate US-Africa Relations

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U.S. President Joe Biden (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Even though Africa was not totally disconnected from the United States during the Trump Administration,President Donald Trump’s political philosophy of “Make America Great Again,” however, weakened the relationship between Africa and the US in some ways. Not many African leaders could visit Washington, D.C. during the Trump Administration, except Mohammadou Bohari of Nigeria, and Trump himself did not visit Africa except his wife.

At one point, President Trump described Africa and other countries in Latin America as “shithole” countries, a comment that irritated a lot of African countries and the opposition bloc in the US Congress.

By extension, the former US President went as far as withdrawing the United States from the global approach to climate change, the World Health Organization (WHO), and reducing US budget support to other international organizations.

President Joe Biden, having taken over from Trump with a different philosophy, is setting things on a path that will strengthen the weaken relation.

In his message to the African leaders as they prepare to converge at the 34th African Union Summit soon, President Biden said: “We must all work together to advance our shared vision of a better future.  A future of growing trade and investment that advances the prosperity of all our nations.  A future that advances lives of peace and security for all our citizens.  A future committed to investing in our democratic institutions and promoting the human rights of all people — women and girls, LGBTQI individuals, people with disabilities, and people of every ethnic background, religion, and heritage.”

The US President said lessons from the past year have shown how interconnected countries of the world are, and how everyone’s fate is bound together. “This past year has also shown us how interconnected our world is – and how our fates are bound up together.  That’s why my administration is committed to rebuilding our partnerships around the world and re-engaging with international institutions like the African Union,” President Biden said.

The beginning of 2020 saw COVID-19 spreading across the globe, leaving Africans uncertain as to how to handle the pandermic amid poor and unsophisticated health facilities.

President Biden being optimistic that the pandemic can be defeated, went on to say: “To reach this future, we must also confront the serious challenges we face.  That includes investing more in global health— defeating COVID-19 and working to prevent, detect, and respond to future public health crises, and partnering with the Africa CDC and other institutions to advance health security.” 

He went further to comment on the issue of climate change and conflicts on the African continent, noting, “Raising our climate ambitions and ensuring developing nations can mitigate and adapt to the climate impacts that are already causing pain.  And engaging in sustained diplomacy, in concert with the African Union, to address conflicts that are costing lives across the African continent.”

The President further acknowledged that the fight is not an easy one, but with collective efforts that can be won and become history. “None of it will be easy.  But the United States stands ready to be your partner, in solidarity, support, and mutual respect.”

In 2014 President Barack Obama hosted the US-Africa Leaders Summit during which the Africa Business Forum was held, and at that time he acknowledged Africa’s potential for business that the US could take advantage of and not surrender it to China entirely.

President Biden, who was then the Vice President in the Obama Administration, seems not to have forgotten what his predecessor said. In consonance with this statement made six and a half years ago, President Biden assured African leaders: “We believe in the nations of Africa.  In the continent-wide spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. And though the challenges are great, there is no doubt that our nations, our people, and the African Union are up to this task.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. Africa, oh Africa, when shall you grow in fame and dignity!

    Be reminded Biden, President Macky Sall of Senegal boldly told your boss OBAMA that we are not ready to decriminalize unnatured sex habits in our societies. If it is this freedom you set as prerequisite to collaborating with Africa in a win-win partnership, leave us with our Trump Policy, we beg you.
    Do not break down any of our countries again, as your boss did.
    The billions you have signed to pump into abortion, give them to us through loans to keep our children alive. Our mothers and sisters abort because of economic precarity. Help us stabilize it, do not be a partner in crime.

    I pray for God to enlighten most Africans to see the proxy wars being fought in our countries between NATO and BRICS Countries. We must take heed, lest it becomes explosive some days soon and our continent the battlefield.
    Let’s stop looking too much to people for everything; technologies, finances, expertise, etc. Africa is the cradle of humanity.

    I love President Trump, Mr. Biden!

  2. Mr. Defender of the Weak,

    Said you in the second paragraph, “leave us with our Trump policy, we beg you”.

    Response…. Are you kidding?
    Gentleman, let’s be realistic. In matters like these, please speak for yourself and the weak causes you represent. The use of the pronoun “we” implies that all Africans were receptive to Trump’s “none existent policy” on the continent of Africa. For all intents and purposes, there was no African policy during Trump’s presidency. Secondly, African leaders will not forget that Africa was referred to as a “shithole” continent by none other Donald J Trump.

    Please be reminded that the use of such a dirty word by Trump is a cop out. Only a jerk will insult a body of people like that.

    Throughout his splenetic presidency, Trump did not have a coherent internal American policy. Trump complained about the ineffectiveness of Obamacare, he promised to fix it, but failed miserably in terms of presenting a viable alternative healthcare plan of his own. Under Trump, Covid-19 became unmanageable. The reality is this…..Trump has no signature accomplishment. Zilch! And so the saying goes like this, if Trump didn’t have an accomplishment in the US, how could he put forth an African policy?

    The Korean Peninsula…… Trump’s Attempt To Patch Things Up In That Troubled Region…
    Tensions have always existed in that part of the world. The ferocious North Korean leader flipped Trump up like a skunk, it was and still is a disgrace. During the early weeks of his presidency, Trump bragged that he would make Kim of North Korea obsequious to the ideals of America. Shamefully, it didn’t work, the opposite happened. Kim is still well-positioned in his presidency. Today, Trump is fighting to exonerate himself from his impeachment trouble.

    President Joe Biden’s presidency is quickly gaining respect and momentum nationally and internationally. European leaders as well as leaders all over the globe (except Iran) are being engaged by Biden in a unique way. So as matters relate to Africa, Biden has the right as a president to undo the damage that Trump has caused in Africa and elsewhere.

    Don’t beg for Biden to “leave us alone”. If you can, beg Biden to leave you alone. You’re a Grand Apologist and a Defender of all kinds of weaknesses for your disorganized opposition, including of course, your demigod. Please don’t beg for all of us.

    Thanks for listening.
    Peace.

  3. Look who is saying “we are not ready to decriminalize unnatured sex habits in our societies.“ Your demi god buttboy and gay rapist Alexander Cummings is owning a gay foundation and you are here telling others about “we are not ready to decriminalize unnatured sex habits in our societies.“?
    Breaking News
    Cummings Gay Foundation Receives 100,000 USD To Promote Gay Activities In Liberia!
    Liberia has an anti-LGBT laws that frame same-sex conduct as a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison. In a recent interview with Liberian Confidential, Mr Alexander B Cummings Jr who is the chairman of the foundation has defended the LGBT community in Liberia. “I heard Senator Taylor say gays should not be legalized and that they should be prosecuted. I feel bad about it because everyone has rights. People don’t just come up with that kind of life. It’s something you are born with…. If I love a boy, it’s nature, not a crime. History teaches us that the erosion of anyone’s or any group’s basic rights means our own rights are in jeopardy. That’s why ordinary Liberians should care. If we stand by and allow others to be harassed and persecuted for being born the way they are, then our silence is complicity,” he added.

    Breaking News
    Cummings Takes Gay Life To Another Level- Sexually Harasses School Boy As He Receives 100,000 USD To Support Gay Activities In Liberia
    A male senior student studying Environemntal Science At Catholic run Stella Maries polytechnic in Liberia alleges Liberian Politician Alexander Cummings asked him for anal sex after their scholarship meeting at Royal Hotel in Sinkor Monrovia. The student who audio is in our possession says he was promised a graduate scholarship at the Northern Illinois University, where he Cummings earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics. The student escaped and has been receiving calls from strange numbers threatening to harm him if he discusses what transpired at the hotel. Our Reporter called Mr. Cummings for his side of the story but he declined to make any comment.
    It can be recalled that In January 2020, Local businessman man in the USA Sandy Edwards extended a $100,000 grant to the Liberian based Cummings Africa Foundation Gay Fund, a collective giving and endowment initiative of Foundation For the LGBT communities in West Africa. The Fund which was founded by ANC political leaders Alexander Cummings addresses the historic under-funding of nonprofit organizations that support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
    “I lived in Liberia for 30 years before the first civil war and I am still in love with the country. I wanted to encourage Liberians in the diaspora and at home to contribute to the Cummings Africa Foundation Gay Fund and thought of no better way than to show it by example,” said Edwards. “I believe the overall success of our community is dependent on promoting understanding and inclusion.
    The Cummings Africa Foundation Gay Fund moves us toward this goal by funding organizations and programs which support lesbian and gay individuals and their families in the Liberia and other parts of West Africa,” he added. Since its inception, the Fund has provided over $462,500 in operating and community connections grants to local nonprofit organizations across West Africa. The fund is administered by a Cummings Africa Foundation advisory board and 100 percent of donations are distributed as grants. The Fund recently awarded its 2017 grants to the following organizations: Lofa County Gays Union LRD, Montserrado Hope for LGBT LRD, Gays Men Chorus of Ganta, Campus Pride at University of Liberia and LGBT Friends.
    Liberia has an anti-LGBT laws that frame same-sex conduct as a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison. In a recent interview with Liberian Confidential, Mr Alexander B Cummings Jr who is the chairman of the foundation has defended the LGBT community in Liberia. “I heard Senator Taylor say gays should not be legalized and that they should be prosecuted. I feel bad about it because everyone has rights. People don’t just come up with that kind of life. It’s something you are born with…. If I love a boy, it’s nature, not a crime. History teaches us that the erosion of anyone’s or any group’s basic rights means our own rights are in jeopardy. That’s why ordinary Liberians should care. If we stand by and allow others to be harassed and persecuted for being born the way they are, then our silence is complicity,” he added.
    Report By Edward Pewee Jr.
    breaking News Desk!

  4. African culture ignorant. Up till now does not know who Liberians are. The actual Liberian will never want to be American even out of circumstances. Even the so called African American USA President ticketed with as President who was tempting to review some Liberian traditions through his wife’s visit during EBOLA could not go deep in our traditions because she lacked the inner spirit, even though blacker than husband. Another white President visited Liberia with his daughter and right after EBOLA came back. Until Americans get to know the actual Liberians, there will still be a mistrust in the aiding ill relationship. They give black rights to none Liberians thinking its the same as supporting Liberians but surprisingly they get breeze in exchange for imperial efforts. Liberians have learned a lesson from past tribal disputes, wars, and slavery, and will no longer allow the white to turn black in our presence for ethnic identity, while pulling our relatives in the United States into grave lock not to return home. Our constitution might be amended as set forth by its foundation. Never will it be changed again because the consequential casualties of its drastic replacement is deadly and can no longer be tolerated by its owners.

  5. No true Liberian will get mad because one calls him or her a “shit hole” because the answer will be a piece of shit. We will not allow any piece of shit into our shit hole.
    Tell Liberians not me.

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