NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19:  President Donald Trump speaks to world leaders at the 72nd United Nations (UN) General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017 in New York City. This is Trump's first appearance at the General Assembly where he addressed threats from Iran and North Korea among other global concerns.
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The comment came during a UNGA luncheon

"Africa has tremendous business potential," Trump said

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President Donald Trump congratulated a group of African leaders on Wednesday for the level of American investment in the continent, mentioning that he has “so many” friends who are “going to your countries trying to get rich.”

The comment came during a luncheon on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Leaders from Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, South Africa and a host of other African nations attended the lunch.

“Africa has tremendous business potential,” Trump said near the top of his speech. “I have so many friends gong to your countries trying to get rich, I congratulate you. They are spending a lot of money. But it does, it has tremendous business potential.”

Trump regularly mentions he and his friends’ business ventures in speeches and that has not stopped at the United Nations.

In his first remarks at the United Nations on Monday, Trump’s real estate venture was at the top of his mind.

“I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you,” Trump said, referring to Trump World Tower building, a building right across the street from the UN complex.

The bulk of Trump’s remarks on Wednesday focused on areas where the United States and African nations are working together, including North Korea.

“I want to discuss our partnership against a global challenge. Today the world faces an enormous security threat from North Korea regime,” Trump said. “We must all stand together and be accountable in implementing United Nations sanctions and resolution in response to North Korea’s hostile and menacing actions.”