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U.S. Embassy apologies to Ghana leader for tweet

Published July 21, 2014 8:50 am

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ACCRA, Ghana • The U.S. Embassy in Ghana is apologizing after a staff member sent what's being described as "an errant tweet" criticizing 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 U.S. Embassy's Twitter account later retorted to the president: "And what sacrifices are you making?"

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