Davos, Switzerland - President Donald Trump sought to mend relations Friday with a key African leader in the aftermath of his controversial comments about African nations, praising the US partnership with Rwanda along the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum.
Trump's meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame came shortly after Trump drew widespread condemnation for allegedly referring to African nations as "shithole countries" in dismissing a bipartisan immigration proposal, according to those at the meeting.
The president has denied using that language. Other present insist he did.
Trump described having "tremendous discussions" with Kagame, who is beginning a one-year term as head of the African Union, a 55-member continental body that criticized the US president's remarks. Neither Trump nor Kagame made any mention of the row during brief comments to reporters.
"It really truly is a great honor," Trump told Kagame, noting his role with the African Union. "So please give my regards, I know you're going to your first meeting very shortly. Please give my warmest regards. But it's an honor to have you as a friend."