Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

US Embassy apology over Ghana tweet

President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama meeting David Cameron

The US Embassy in Ghana has apologised after a staff member sent what is being described as "an errant tweet" criticising the president from the official Embassy Twitter account.

Ghanaian President John Mahama had tweeted about the country's financial woes, saying that "as a people, we have had to make sacrifices" and that the results of those cutbacks would start to show soon.

A post from the US Embassy's Twitter account later retorted to the president: "And what sacrifices are you making?"

In an apology made public on Monday, the US Embassy in Accra said it has apologised to Ghana's president and is also apologising to the Ghanaian people. It says that an embassy staff member mixed up a personal Twitter account with that of the embassy's.

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