Podcast: Nikki Haley’s Trip to Africa

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Nikki Haley (R), US Ambassador to the UN, and Minata Samate Cessouma, commissioner for political affairs of the African Union, in Addis Ababa, Ethi­o­pia, October 23, 2017 (Meklit Mersha/AFP/Getty Images)

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, is visiting three African countries this week in the first high-profile visit by a Trump Administration official to the continent.

Donald Trump promised the trip to African leaders at the UN last month, but as Haley is photographed with politicians and refugees in Ethiopia, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo — where millions have been killed or displaced in recent years — is there any substance behind the show?

Martin Plaut of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and I addressed the question on Monocle 24’s The Globalist on Tuesday.

Nikki Haley is going to Africa at a time when the Trump Administration does not even have a bureau chief in the State Department for the continent. And she is talking about peacekeeping and humanitarian operations when the Trump Administration’s proposes reduces the US contribution to the UN for those operations by 50%.

Listen to discussion from 12:10:

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