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"America has got one of the best presidents ever, Mr. Trump," Museveni said to members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in Uganda's capital, Kampala, according to AFP.
Museveni's comments diverge from the the widespread criticism Trump has faced from African leaders in the wake of alleged remarks he made during an Oval Office discussion on immigration.
"It is authoritarian, dictatorial and despotic leaders like yourself that are an impediment to our continental growth," another said. "The man who you purport to speak frankly comes from a democratic society where people are free to expose their thoughts in every possible way."
Museveni has led Uganda since 1986 after helping lead rebellions that toppled former leaders Idi Amin and later Milton Obote.
Uganda has experienced relative stability and economic growth under Museveni, but his government has faced criticism over high levels of corruption, as well as its role in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Suppression of political opposition and a 2005 constitutional amendment scrapping presidential term limits, thus enabling extension of his rule, has been a concern of domestic commentators and many in the international community.
Having been involved in toppling two presidents, as well as running the country for 30 years, he believes he is the only person to lead Uganda.
He is running for fifth term in office, something he justified in a rally in January by saying he needs to finish the job off.
"This old man who has saved the country, how do you want him to go?" he said.
In his last term in office a controversial anti-homosexuality law thrust him into the international spotlight.
In 2014 Mr Museveni signed into law an anti-homosexuality bill proposed by a member of his National Resistance Movement. It was thrown out a few months later on a technicality but while it was being debated in 2012 he revealed a rare insight into his family life.