Somalia leader renounces U.S. citizenship after Trump’s attack on Somali born congress woman
London, August 2, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Somalia’s President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed has renounced his American citizenship, his office announced Thursday, without elaborating on why the dual citizen chose to give up his adopted passport.
“This follows the completion of the required legal and immigration processes that had been initiated after the president’s election,” his office said Thursday in an emailed statement.
The renunciation comes about two weeks after President Donald Trump attacked four minority congresswomen including Somali-born Ilhan Omar, whom he asked to return to the Horn of Africa nation.
Trump’s fight with the four first-year liberal Democrats — Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib — is part of his campaign to portray the Democratic Party as beholden to its left-most flank, lawmakers whose ideology the president calls “socialist.”
“We are officially informing you that the president has renounced his second citizenship of the United States today,” his office said in a statement.
Mohammed lived in the United States for many years, serving as a diplomat in Washington in the late 1980s before seeking asylum. The father of four children, his family still live in the US.
He served in various administrative roles in the US before returning to his native Somalia as prime minister in 2010, a position he would only hold for eight months.
He was later elected president in February 2017 and his administration has close ties with Washington in its fight against Al Shabaab militants. The US trains Somali special forces and launches regular drone strikes in the country targeting the Islamist insurgency.
Many Somalis hold dual nationality, having fled years of conflict, drought and economic hardship that has plagued the strategic Horn of Africa country since the fall of the autocrat Siad Barre in 1991.