(CMR) Jamaican Twitter users went for the Foreign Affairs Minister's jugular when she took to social media on Friday (October 2) to wish US President Donald Trump a speedy recovery, after learning that he had tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
However, the innocent Tweet by Kamina Johnson Smith soon went viral and even resulted in her name trending on the platform for several hours.
The issue most Twitter users seemed to have is that Johnson Smith's tweet was that she suggested that most Jamaicans were in support of her message.
” I know [Jamaican Flag] joins me in wishing President Trump and Frist Lady Melania a full and speedy recovery,” began Johnson Smith in her now viral tweet.
I'm sorry which Jamaica? Jamaica ave Queens, I'm sure it ain't Jamaica the country. I'm sure alot of us praying he doesn't recover.
— Jack Farrow 🇯🇲 (@ThatOneoddnigga) October 3, 2020
However, it seems that many Jamaicans took issue with how the minister worded the tweet, which some said on its appearance would make it seem as if she had consulted with the population prior to tweeting it out.
The backlash to the tweet was fast and furious, with many saying while it was fine for her to wish Trump and his spouse a speedy recovery, the Jamaican populous should not be implicated.
“Speedy recovery to the President and his wife. Said no one,” said one Twitter user reacting to Johnson Smith's post.
“Lady speak fi yuh self and stop join ppl inna yuh doings Red exclamation mark symbol. A u alone wishing that miss, added another.
While some Twitter users came to Johnson-Smith's defence noting that she was just being diplomatic, others chided her, asking which Jamaica did she consult with prior to putting out the tweet.
“WE tell YOU that miss?” asked one Twitter user.
“Dis a wa dem call mental slavery. Have a good saturday,” began one Twitter user.
“You have absolutely no idea the extent of the damage that he's caused to Black people and ppl of color, and poor ppl in the US. Don't bother talking about how people shouldn't wish him ill. He deserves all of people's anger and vitriol. Your sympathy is wasted here,” added the same Twitter user.
Johnson Smith who is not an elected representative was reappointed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to the role of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade following his victory at the polls on September .