US Ambassador Gives Hat To Somalia’s New President, Here’s Why It Has Everyone Talking

 US Ambassador Gives Hat To Somalia’s New President, Here’s Why It Has Everyone Talking

The U.S. ambassador to Somalia presented a hat to the new president of Somalia bearing the slogan “Make Somalia Great Again” on Friday.

Ambassador Stephen Schwartz, an Obama appointee, gave the hat to Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, the newly-minted president of Somalia on Friday.

Obviously, the slogan is derived from President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

The colors of the hat — light blue and white — are the colors of the Somali flag.

Reaction to the diplomat gift varied dramatically, observes Voice of America.

Reaction to the hat — on Twitter, at least — appears to be overwhelmingly negative.

Some Somalis were far from amused.

A public affairs professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Joshua Busby, was one of many Americans who found the diplomatic gift distasteful.

Somablog, a Washington, D.C.-based online journal focused on East Africa, edited the original image with what it believed would have been a better gift.

Other Twitter users were more optimistic, noting that Somalia was, in fact, once a great country which could become great once more.

Among Trump’s first acts as president was to suspend entry into the United States for people from Somalia and six other predominantly Muslim nations for 90 days.

In addition to Somalia, the other six nations subject to the travel ban are: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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