Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears to have the endorsement of one of Africa’s most notorious tyrant, Zimbabwe’s longtime president Robert Mugabe.
US lawmakers Chris Coons and Adam Schiff were visiting the southern African country to discuss wildlife trafficking when a request for a meeting with the interior minister turned into a sit down with the president, according to an interview with Politico this week.
According to Coons and Schiff, the discussion turned tense when Mugabe asked why the US insists on sanctioning Zimbabwe. The senators and their delegation listed reasons why the sanctions have remained in place.
After an awkward silence, Mugabe said, “Once Trump is your president, you’ll wish you had been friendlier to me,” according to Coons’ retelling of the encounter.
It’s unclear why Mugabe thinks Trump would be more sympathetic to him than previous American presidents. The republican candidate hasn’t made any public statements about how he would approach US-Zimbabwe relations.
Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton on the other hand has compared the Trump’s economic policies to those of Zimbabwe in the 1990s, which caused hyperinflation and economic crisis.
The US has sanctioned the country since 2002 after reports of election abuse and human rights violations. Mugabe has held on to power by repressing his rivals as well as the public.
Théogène U @Bwiza.com