New Al-Shabab video calls Trump ‘brainless billionaire’
The Somalia-based Al-Shabab is mocking President Donald Trump in a new video that calls him a “brainless billionaire” as his administration steps up military efforts against what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. The SITE Intelligence Group says the video released Sunday includes the criticism of Trump as it addresses next month’s presidential election in neighboring Kenya.
The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab has claimed a growing number of deadly attacks in Kenya as the election approaches, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta this month declared a new offensive against the extremists. Trump earlier this year approved expanded military operations against Al-Shabab, including more aggressive airstrikes and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active hostilities. Somalia also is included in Trump’s ban on refugees and visitors from six mostly Muslim countries.
The new video says US voters elected “arguably the most stupid president a country could ever have” and says Trump is “making the United States the greatest joke on earth and is now propelling it further to its eventual defeat and destruction.” The extremist group has vowed retribution on Kenya in particular for sending its troops to Somalia to take part in a multinational African Union force against Al-Shabab.