U.S. sends troops in response to possible “violent” demonstrations in Congo

President Trump announced Friday evening that U.S. troops had been sent to Gabon to protect U.S. assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is awaiting the first results of its presidential election.

Mr. Trump wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday that around 80 personnel had been deployed to the capital of Gabon, which borders Congo, “to be in position to support the security of United States citizens, personnel, and diplomatic facilities” in Congo’s capital.

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