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Just as the U.S. is Trying to Bolster Its Standing in Africa to Challenge China’s Rising Influence, Washington Stumbles in Ethiopia

U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion to the Sudanese and Israeli prime ministers in a call last weekend that Egypt might “blow up” the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam if Cairo and Addis Ababa can’t reach a settlement, is not sitting well at all in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian foreign ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador, Mike Raynor, to explain the president’s comments and among civil society stakeholders in the press and social media, there’s a widespread sense of being “betrayed” by Washington.

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