At a lunch with the leaders amid the UN General Assembly, Trump mused about the vast continent's opportunities and challenges.
"Africa has tremendous business potential," he said. "I have so many friends going to your countries, trying to get rich. I congratulate you. They're spending a lot of money," he said.
"For American firms it's really become a place that they have to go -- that they want to go."
South Africa's Jacob Zuma and Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari were among the leaders at the lunch.
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