‘In America’s economic dealings, we ask only for reciprocity, never for subservience…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, said the administration is rethinking its Africa strategy, noting that moving forward, the U.S. won’t waste taxpayer dollars on African countries that don’t respect or support American interests.
During a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Bolton outlined the administration’s new Africa strategy, which he said will aid America’s economic interests in the region and counter the “predatory” practices of China and Russia.
Both of these superpowers have been “deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage,” Bolton said.
Bolton said that the primary focus of this new strategy is to enhance U.S. trade and commercial ties with African nations through negotiations that benefit both the U.S. and Africa equally.
“We want our economic partners in the region to thrive, prosper and control their own destinies,” Bolton said. “In America’s economic dealings, we ask only for reciprocity, never for subservience.”
The U.S. will continue to assist African nations, Bolton said, but it will not do so at the expense of American interests.
“The U.S. will no longer provide indiscriminate assistance across the entire continent, without focus or prioritization. And, we will no longer support unproductive, unsuccessful and unaccountable U.N. peacekeeping missions,” he said.
Instead, the U.S. will “pursue modern, comprehensive trade agreements on the continent that ensure fair and reciprocal exchange between the U.S. and the nations of Africa.”
Bolton also addressed Russia and China’s growing influence in the region.
He said their aggressive efforts to gain control of the continent: “stunt economic growth in Africa; threaten the financial independence of African nations; inhibit opportunities for U.S. investment; interfere with U.S. military operations; and pose a significant threat to the U.S. national security interests.”
Continuing to ignore the changing dynamic could have disastrous consequences, he said.
“This is a very important point for the U.S. and Western world to wake up and recognize,” Bolton said.