U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boards his plane to depart at the end of a five-country swing through Africa from Abuja, Nigeria, March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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That sense of indifference appears to have deepened after Trump fired his secretary of state at the end of Rex Tillerson's first Africa tour last week.Tillerson'sNow many Africans are tamping down their expectations of Trump even more. While in Africa, Tillerson tried to project a more positive image of the continent, saying its rapid economic growth and fast-growing populations mean its future is increasingly linked to America's.Unlike Trump, recent U.S. leaders engaged substantially with Africa.Trump has not indicated any possible initiatives for Africa.Even as some argue that the Trump administration's focus on Africa is notable in counter-terror efforts if not in other issues, some Africans say they have given up on the U.S. president.
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