Pres. Sirleaf ‘Worried’ over Trump Presidency


Africa’s first democratically elected female president, Madame Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is also a Nobel Peace Prize winner, says she is both disappointed that Hillary Clinton did not win the US elections and worried about the prospects of U.S. policy toward Liberia under President-elect Donald J. Trump.

In an interview with the BBC yesterday, she said: “We are extremely saddened by this missed opportunity on the part of the people of the United States to join smaller democracies in ending the marginalization of women.

“However, Liberia has a long and historical relationship with the United States and we expect the good relationship to continue,” the President told the BBC.

Though President Sirleaf is worried about existing agreements between the US and Liberia, she concedes that it is too early to say what Mr. Trump’s presidency will mean for Africa.

“I’m worried about trade deals for Liberia, for Africa; I’m worried about investment and the special programs that have been put in place by President Obama and by President George Bush before him.

“And we just don’t know what the new policy towards Africa will be under a Trump administration. We’ll have to wait and see. Obviously, we are concerned but we have to just give him the benefit of the doubt,” the President said.

In the 2008 Presidential election in the United States, President Sirleaf also supported Clinton against Obama.


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