On February 1, 2019, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker threw his hat in the ring for what is shaping up to be the most diverse Democratic Presidential pool in modern history. He, like many of his other Senate colleagues, faces the challenge of making himself stand out from the other candidates.
Today, Cory Booker set himself apart from other Democratic Party presidential contenders, by promising to be mend the relationship between Africa and the United States. In fact, Senator Booker is the first Democratic Party Candidate to talk about America’s policy towards Africa that is facing competition from China and Russia.
Senator Booker, who has sat on the Foreign Relations Committee told African Warrior Magazine’s Mukurima Muriuki that if elected president, he will in the first 100 days work hard to win back the support of African people to building a long lasting partnership that benefits all sides.
Senator Booker recalled visiting Zimbabwe together with former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake after Robert Mugabe was overthrown and what he observed:
“Senator Flake and I were to meet president Emmerson Mnangagwa and the message we had carried to him and the country was centered on human rights. On the day of our meeting, President Mngangagwa arrived from China and the Chinese had a different message for Zimbabwe totally unrelated to human rights; theirs was a transactional relationship.”
Senator Booker noted that time has come for America to do more for Africa:
“Africa is one of those very important points where America should not be retreating. Africa is critical and strategic to America’s security. There are of course human rights issues in Africa, there are matters we have a responsibility to be involved in. This is not however, the time Donald Trump should be pulling us out of Africa. As president, I will make sure we have a robust Africa policy.
Sen. Booker personally sponsored S. Res. 616-a resolution encouraging the Government of Kenya to respect human and civil rights and promote a democratic system of government with open, honest elections and policies. The resolution requested that President Uhuru Kenyatta “ensure that extrajudicial killings and other violations are investigated and prosecuted by an independent judicial inquiry.”
In January 2018, President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House. He later described Nigerian president Buhari as being “lifeless.”