Wednesday, December 28, 2016

#Trump snubs meeting with #Congo dictator


The United States President-elect Donald Trump has no meeting planned with Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso, a Trump spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Sassou's spokesman, Thierry Moungalla, earlier had said Sassou, a member of the African Union's High Level Committee on Libya, and Trump were scheduled for a US meeting on Tuesday to discuss the political turmoil in Libya and other African issues.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said there had never been a meeting scheduled and would not be one before Trump takes office on January 20.
Trump has been holding a series of meetings at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, as well as Trump Tower in New York City as he prepares to assume the White House from Democratic US President Barack Obama in January.
Most of the meetings have centred on possible candidates to serve in his administration, including his Cabinet.
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Republic of Congo President Denis SassouNguessoplans to meet with US President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing political turmoil crisis in Libya and other African issues, Sassou's spokesman said on Monday.
Sassou's spokesman Thierry Moungalla, in a post on Twitter, noted that the two men were meeting to discuss ways to the end the Libyan crisis as well other broader issues affecting the continent, according to a statement attached to the tweet. He did not give any other details about the meeting plans.
Representatives for Trump's team did not immediately respond to a request for comment seeking to confirm the meeting with the incoming Republican president, who takes office January 20 and is spending this week at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Libya is grappling with continuing political turmoil as rival governments split the nation's East and West, and other armed factions also compete for power. The United Nations earlier this month also cited an ongoing human rights crisis affecting migrants there.
Trump, a New York businessman who has never held elected office, has been holding an ongoing stream of meetings at his property in Palm Beach as well as Trump Tower in New York City as he prepares to assume the White House from Democratic US President Barack Obama.
Most of his meetings have centred on possible candidates to serve in his administration, including his Cabinet.
In November, Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and, according to a report, the two plan to meet again January 27.
Trump has also fielded numerous calls from a number of world leaders since winning the US presidential election November 8 against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
THE EAST AFRICAN

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