Foreign policy experts 'baffled' by Trump's decision to include US ally Chad on the new travel ban list
Chadian politician and African Union chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat (image via Creative Commons).

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.