A large contingent of Lawmakers, prominently members of the Congressional Black Caucus, was invited by the White house to join the president on the Africa trip.
Representatives Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Cedric Richmond (D-La.), G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) will attend.
This trip will be the first time a sitting American president travels to Ethiopia.
The president will attend the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Ethiopia and meet with African Union leaders.
Representative Butterfield said he planned to use the trip to stress to Kenyan and Ethiopian officials Congress’ commitment to them as trade, national security and diplomatic partners.
“Kenya is a strategic partner and they have some unique challenges and certainly Ethiopia does too. They need to be reassured that America is an ally and that we care about the continent in its entirety,” said Butterfield, who chairs the CBC.
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