President Donald J. Trump discussed agricultural trade and once again chided U.S. immigration laws during a joint press conference with Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari.
Trump seemed to liken the illegal migration of immigrants through the U.S.-Mexican border to the actions of “ruthless jihadist terrorist” group Boko Haram.
“Our laws are obsolete and they are weak and they are pathetic,” Trump said after calling upon Congress to ramp up border security in order to prevent human trafficking similar to that in Nigeria. “There is no country in the world that has laws like we do.”
He doubled down on his call for stronger borders by calling for the necessity of a taller border wall to keep out a caravan of migrant workers that is slowly making its way toward the United States.
“A small percentage can climb” the existing wall and fencing that exists on the border, Trump said. “We have a wall it’s much more difficult. If you did not have that, you would have thousands of people pouring into the country.”
Trump then turned his attention toward international security, announcing that the U.S. has sold several military aircraft to assist Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram and other threats to democracy.
Buhari thanked Trump and the administration for the sale which will “effectively help us fight terrorism” and “contain the insurgency in Nigeria.” The weaponry will aid a larger initiative known as Operation Safe Corridor to beef up Nigeria’s borders, counter-radicalization, and rehabilitate Boko Haram members into normal society. The Nigerian leader also thanked the U.S. for hefty humanitarian aid, about $1 billion “in cash and in kind,” that will assist homelessness and starvation throughout the region.
The Nigerian president added that during a bilateral meeting with Trump earlier in the day, the two discussed international security, social justice, and free enterprise, especially regarding agriculture and food security.
“I think more than anything else, what we discussed today was our agricultural products going into Nigeria, which Nigeria wants,” Trump added.
“We have certain barriers that don’t allow that to happen. For the good of our farmers, U.S. Farmers, and the good of Nigeria, and all of Africa. It’s very important we are able to sell our great agricultural products into Nigeria, and that will happen, and we will be working on that right away.”
The pair kept opening remarks short and opened up the conference to questions from the domestic and international press. Reporters pushed both world leaders on the crude oil trade and the site of potential talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“Personally I think it’s going to be a success,” Trump said of potential denuclearization of the Korean Penninsula. “If it’s not a success, I will respectfully leave.”