Every minute, the United States seems to be getting worse than Africa, with a president who acts like an unquestionable king with limitless powers, and who seems to base his judgment on emotions rather than science and rationality.
On Thursday, things got even weirder, with the Trump administration directive that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must stop using seven words.
Officials at the CDC are now under order to stop using the words “diversity,” “fetus,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “science-based” and “evidence-based”. The story was first reported by the Washington Post.
The Post quoted an analyst as saying that in a 90-minute briefing on Thursday, policy analysts at the nation’s leading public health institute were presented with the menu of the seven banned words.
Alternative word choices reportedly were presented in some cases. For instance, in lieu of “evidence-based” or “science-based,” an analyst might say, “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the source said. But those working on the Zika virus’s effect on developing fetuses may be at a loss for appropriate — or acceptable — words, CNN reported.
The analyst described the reaction in the room as “incredulous”. “It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?'”
The Trump administration may not seem very strange to many Africans who have seen press freedom eroded on the continent, and strong men, rather than strong institutions, remain in power for decades. The consequences have been lawlessness, dictatorship, hunger and poverty.
In the United States, President Trump, who lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton, but won the election, calls American journalists fake. He belittles American intelligence agencies respected around the world and calls reports by the FBI, the CIA and the rest fake.
He uses words like ‘son of a bitch’ and humiliates women and even American with disabilities.
He is said to be watching television for hours to hear flattering comments on Fox News, and has tried to ban Muslims from entering the United States, while selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, the same country whose citizens killed thousands of Americans on 9/11.
Just like an African king, he has insulted virtually everyone who has opposed or disagreed with him and has congratulated all those who said flattering things about him.
As far as Africa is concerned, he has threatened to stop President Obama’s initiative known as the Mandela Washington Fellowship, and vowed to ban the Visa Lottery, the only opportunity many Africans have to come to the United States, and start a new life.
He has no plans to visit Africa and told African leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in September that many of his friends come to Africa to get rich.
He sees the world from business lenses, not as a leader who should motivate and inspire the world, just like other American Presidents had done for more than two centuries.
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