Elias Meseret, Associated Press
Updated 9:55 am CST, Friday, January 10, 2020
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Video of U.S. President Donald Trump saying he had a hand in the latest Nobel Peace Prize has gone viral in Ethiopia after Trump asserted that he had “made a deal” to save the country.
The comments during a rally in the U.S. on Thursday don’t mention the East African country by name, but Trump says: “I made a deal, I saved a country, and I just heard the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country. … Did I have something to do with it? Yeah. But that’s the way it is.”
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accepted the prize in December for making peace with longtime rival Eritrea and other reforms. Abiy’s office did not comment Friday.
Trump almost never comments on Africa, and some critics have said his administration has neglected African issues.
Many Ethiopians were puzzled by Trump’s remarks. Some said his talk of a deal must have referred to the new peace with Eritrea.