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President Trump met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday to discuss a future trade deal between the two countries, as the U.S. tries to counter the influence of China on the African continent. Trump said the first such bilateral agreement between the U.S. and a nation in sub-Saharan Africa would “probably” happen. “We’re going to start looking at that,” Trump told reporters as he and Kenyatta walked past the Rose Garden. The Kenya trade deal would come on the heels of two other trade deals recently brokered by the Trump administration, one with China and one with Canada and Mexico. As East Africa’s economic hub, Kenya is of strategic importance in the U.S.’s efforts to counter the influence of China. More than a decade ago, China surpassed the U.S. as Africa’s largest trading partner. China has also signed bilateral trade agreements with more than 40 African countries.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Trump says first-of-its-kind Kenya trade deal 'probably' will happen
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