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Dangerous gamble? State department swiftly responds as government risks invoking Trump’s wrath with summoning of “undiplomatic” Barlerin

Government surrogates have gone to an overdrive following the recent summoning of US ambassador to Cameroon by the government.

Minister Lejeune Mbella Mbella of external relations summoned the US diplomat on Wednesday 23rd May 23018 following recent comments made after his meeting with the President of the Republic on 17 May 2018 at the unity Palace

Earlier, on May 18, Barlerin had accused government forces of “targeted killing” of separatists in the restive English-speaking regions of the country.

“On the side of the government, there have been targeted killings, detentions without access to legal support, family, or the Red Cross, and burning and looting of villages,” he had alleged in a statement.

He had also accused the separatists of “murders of gendarmes, kidnapping of government officials, and burning of schools.”

But it is his legacy remarks which seem to have angered authorities in Yaoundé with many believing the representative of Trump in Cameroon did cross the red line.

In his statement, the US ambassador said he told the head of state to think about his legacy and how he would want to be remembered, an apparent message which political experts believe signal plans of regime change

“I suggested to the President that he should be thinking about his legacy and how he wants to be remembered in the history books to be read by generations to come, and proposed that George

Washington and Nelson Mandela‎ were excellent models. “

The ambassador’s remarks were met with fire and fury from authorities in Yaoundé as government officials scramble to water down the statement and criticize the diplomat for revealing confidential discussion with the country’s commander in chief to the public which they say bridges diplomatic protocol

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However, political experts have been sending warning shots at the government, saying that the summoning might backfire and forces the US government which has largely been seen as pro regime to take more interest in the Anglophone crisis especially with unpredictable Trump in power

For a president many have described to be un-presidential, Trump is certainly not the kind of US commander in chief anyone would want to mess up with.

For a president who literally rules the US on twitter, firing and hiring with tweets, changing his policies on twitter and announcing historic sanctions against North korea on the platform, very few would be surprised that he can weighs in on the Cameron crisis.

With his over 20 million active followers, Trump has already won the most active president on twitter as he seeks to bypass what he calls Fake media” in order to reach out to his base directly.

He has pickup quarrels with journalists and political opponents alike on the platform, fired Secretary of state Rex Tellerson on twitter and ripping other countries apart. Many have describe his administration as the 180 character administration an apparent reference to the former twitter 180 character limit for a tweet which has now been modified and extended tom 360 characters per tweet.

Trump came to power with his American first policy and has ruthlessly implemented almost all his promises even if it means angering many at home and abroad.

He has been constantly condemned by mainstream media but adored by his base and indeed millions of Americans who voted for him.

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He literally wipe out former president Obama’s legacy with a series of executive and legislative orders and he is raising funds to build his controversial Mexico-US border wall even though he has received critics all over the world even from the Vatican.

America is feared and respected more than ever before and the man who looms large at the oval office has chastised long serving presidents world the world in his speech at the UN in September 2017, promising authoritarian leaders especially Iran that them they will not last.

Trump has not been shy to make it known to the world that America will use its full and unrivaled military might to destroy anyone who dares to threaten America interest with his “lock and loaded remarks and “fire and fury” like the world has never known against North Korea

The US state department has already responded to Cameroon’s summoning of its ambassador, saying the country must respect human right and avoid military excesses emphasizing that the country should focus on solving the Anglophone crisis.

As regime barons take to different media organs to condemn the US diplomat and reminds him that his boss president Trump had congratulated the head of state just days ago for successful celebration of national day, they have not failed to also remind him that Cameroon is a sovereign and democratic state which takes instructions from no one.

With the hysteria and fast moving pace of events, little will wonder if the government may had played too much by standing up for our independence.

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