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White House Reporter Calls South African President “Unidentified Leader”

On Saturday, as the G7 was on its second day, an Associated Press reporter – Darlen Superville – assigned to the White House, caused outrage among when she tweeted a group photo of world leaders identifying each and every one by name except for South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa whom she labeled as “one unidentified leader”.

She correctly identified Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, and Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, but misteriously could not identify Ramaphosa.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was invited as the incoming chair of the African Union – part of the AU Troika of former present and future Chairman of the AU.

But he was also there to market his country as an investment destination and trade partner during the summit, Fin24 reported. 

“The working visit will also provide a platform for President Ramaphosa and members of Cabinet to invite global partners to experience South Africa as an investment destination and trade partner, and to participate in the country’s efforts to secure faster, sustainable and inclusive economic growth and reduce unemployment,” the Presidency said in a statement.  

Despite African tweeps pointing out her ignorance, Superville has failed to apologize or even remove her tweet.













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