Speaking on state television on the eve of his 93rd birthday today, Mugabe said he never wanted a Clinton presidency and Trump should be given time.

"Give him time. Trump may even re-look the sanctions on Zimbabwe," Mugabe said.

Mugabe said former president Barack Obama's "arrogance" was the reason why Zimbabwe is still under targeted sanctions.

"We are now just under sanctions imposed not by Donald Trump but by Obama. What arrogance is that?"

He said he agreed with Trump's stance of "America for Americans" saying it was also "Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans".

The US Congress passed the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act in 2001, effectively banning Mugabe and his allies from travelling to the US.

Sanctions were also passed on companies linked to his regime.

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