While meeting with the new president of Somalia, U.S Ambassador Stephen Schwartz handed the dignitary a Trump-inspired hat. The hat bears the slogan, “make Somalia great again.”
While running for president, Donald Trump called Somali immigrants in the United States a “disaster.” He banned Somalis from entering the U.S in a recently overturned executive order, including their country in a list of seven Muslim majority nations whose people were deemed a critical threat to the United States. Notably the list did not include Saudi Arabia—a country that produced 15 out of the 19 9/11 hijackers and where Trump has extensive business interests. After his first executive order was overturned following numerous lawsuits, Trump has vowed to sign a similar order as soon as next week.
The Somali government made no comment about the hat, although Somalis on social media let their disapproval be known.
Burn this qashin hat. Make Somalia great again kulaha as if Somalia wasn't just on Trump's ban list. Keep the hat & your affairs out of 🇸🇴 pic.twitter.com/AFNItXGcKG
— NANA JIBRIL 🌙 (@girlswithtoys) February 17, 2017
The new Somali president is named Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo. He is a dual U.S-Somali citizen who returned to his country after 30 years of exile in the United States, where he sought sanctuary after the outbreak of the Somali civil war. Farmaajo unexpectedly won the Somali presidency on Wednesday of last week; he is widely popular among Somalis for his hostility to corruption and his technocratic governing style. He has previously served as the country’s prime minister.