Zimbabwe's President Tried To Butter Trump Up, Offering Him Land For A Golf Course So He Could See The 'Big Five'
Emmerson Mnangagwa, the newly elected president of Zimbabwe, wants Donald Trump to build a golf course in his country.
Mnangagwa made the U.S. president the offer during a speech at a New York investors’ forum on the sidelines of the U.N. summit, according to The Associated Press.
“I had offered President Trump ground to build a state-of-the-art golf course so that as he plays he can be able to see the big five,” he said. The “big five” refers to large animals commonly targeted by trophy hunters: the lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. Trump’s sons have hunted in the country before. A 2010 photo featuring them posing next to dead animals sparked controversy two years ago and has inspired a Halloween costume this year.
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The site the president of Zimbabwe offered up is currently a national park.
It is suspected Mnangagwa is trying to sweet talk the president in order to establish a positive relationship with the U.S. following his predecessor, Robert Mugabe’s, troubles with the U.S. government, according to NewsDay. Mugabe was on the outs with the United States and much of the international community due to sanctions resulting from human rights violations. Those sanctions were renewed on July 30.
Brian Nichols, the United States’ ambassador to Zimbabwe, said the Trump administration would consider removing the sanctions only if the country returns to an older system of government, reports Bulawayo.
"If Zimbabwe as a nation fully implements the 2013 constitution, then the sanction issues will be resolved. Zimbabwe government has made a commitment to do that," Nichols said. "The Zimbabwean government has put a lot of proposals, but we need to see concrete actions towards those proposals."
Mnangagwa did not mention his country's constitution in making his business offer.
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