For the past three years the Trump administration has questioned the peacekeeping and counterterrorism mission in West Africa. The mission has been led by France and the U.N, but Trump believes an American should be in charge of the work in Mali. This has fueled suspicion that the U.S. is looking to expand their control in Africa while simultaneously slowing down the mission. David Gressly, a veteran American U.N. official, has been lobbied to be named the U.N. special representative for Mali to replace former Chadian foreign minister, Mahamat Saleh Annadif. France, who has led the mission from the start and provided over 4,500 troops, wants to see the position remain with someone from a French speaking country.
June 19, 2020