I Did Not Invite Buhari To Washington DC–Trump

By Ikenga Chronicles February 16, 2017

The United States President Donald Trump has tactically denied ever inviting President Muhammadu to Washington DC. The tactical denial came on Thursday from the White House when providing details of his telephone conversation with Buhari.

Recall that Trump had on Monday spoken to Buhari, via telephone as it was widely reported.

There were speculations that the telephone conversation between the two presidents did not happen because most of the U.S media did not report the story.

But responding to PREMIUM TIMES’ inquiry, the U.S. Department of State has now provided details of the discussions between the two leaders but did not mention that Buhari was invited to Washington DC as was widely spread by the Nigerian government.

Tiffany Jackson-Zunker, Deputy Director, Africa Regional Media Hub at the State Department, sent an email containing a readout of the telephone call. Perusing through the readout from the US shows that there was nothing like an official invitation extended to Buhari from the White House as claimed by the Nigerian Presidency.

According to the readout,“President, Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to discuss the strong cooperation between the United States and Nigeria, including on shared security, economic, and governance priorities.

“President Trump underscored the importance the United States places on its relationship with Nigeria, and he expressed interest in working with President Buhari to expand the strong partnership.

“The leaders agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria and worldwide.

“President Trump expressed support for the sale of aircraft from the United States to support Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.

“President Trump thanked President Buhari for the leadership he has exercised in the region and emphasized the importance of a strong, secure, and prosperous Nigeria that continues to lead in the region and in international forums.”

Ms. Jackson-Zunker also said a text of the readout had been posted to the White House website.

Recall that Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to Buhari on Media and Publicity had in a series of tweets on Monday given the Nigerian version of the discussions by the two leaders.

Saying “Trump invited the Nigerian President to Washington at a mutually convenient date’’

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