US-Liberian relations grounded in trust of American institutions

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What does the unconventional Trump presidency look like to Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic? It is a country founded by freed American slaves, the capital of which, Monrovia, is named after U.S. President James Monroe, and which democratically elected the first women to lead an African nation, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2005.

How is Donald J. Trump viewed as media reports predict a cut of as much as 30 percent to U.S. foreign assistance, with a disproportionate share impacting Africa’s health, education and development programs?

The answers from Liberians might surprise you. They surprised me.

“I get ‘America First,’” said Papa, a 35-year old businessman who holds American and Liberian citizenship. Papa served in the U.S. Army in Iraq before returning to his country of birth, Liberia, to help his history-making president restore the country after more than three decades of conflict.

“The U.S. spent billions of dollars rebuilding infrastructure in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the states, our bridges, ports and roads are crumbling,” Papa told me. “That is unfathomable to most Americans.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.