Soon after President Donald Trump's White House released their updated travel ban list, people familiar with foreign policy noticed something strange -- Chad, a Central African country and major US ally in the fight against Boko Haram, had been included on the list.
According to BuzzFeed News, some diplomats -- and Chad itself -- are wondering if the Trump administration made a mistake by including the country.
In a statement released Monday, Chad's government said they were "baffled" and "astonished" to learn that Chadians would not be permitted to enter the United States due to the "strong relationship between the two countries, particularly in the fight against terrorism."
"It makes no sense whatsoever," John Campbell, former American ambassador to Nigeria, told BuzzFeed. "In fact I wonder if there wasn’t some sort of mistake made. It’s an insult. What really gets to me is the apparent sheer stupidity of it."
You can read responses about Chad's new designation from the diplomatic community below.
Banning Chad citizens from the US is odd; Chad is a bulwark against terrorism, its troop played pivotal role in crushing AQIM in Mali.— Weddady (@Weddady)1506302435.0
When France went to Mali to reverse terrorist rule from N Mali, Chad was the only willing & ABLE country to send real combat troops.— Weddady (@Weddady)1506302612.0
Chad troops saw more combat against Jihadis in N Mali than French troops, they gave AQIM hell and some more. Not recognizing it is an error— Weddady (@Weddady)1506302732.0
Kind of sends a terrible message, Chad did everything the West needed in fighting terrorism in Africa & some. Reward: banned from the US— Weddady (@Weddady)1506304010.0