Documents in the possession of the African Monitor shows that President George M. Weah may likely end his 6-year tenure without making any official to the US.
Former President Charles G. Taylor bacame the only Liberian who did not make any official visit to the US all through his Presidency since the late President Barclay.
Although the Liberian leader has made two trips to the US soil to address the UN general assembly, Cllr. Jenkins Manley, a Season Diplomat said he is yet to make any official visit to the US.
He said for any Leader to make an official visit to the American soil and probably hold official talks with the US government, he or she must meet certain benchmarks set by the ‘World Super Power’ adding that President Weah’ current way of handling the country, may likely make it “impossible” for him to fufil said dream before 2023.
As part of maintaining its diplomatic ties with Liberia, the US government always afford President with good democratic standings to make official visits to that nation.
As a result of bad democratic credentials and tyrannical tendencies, former President Taylor failed to convince the US for an official visit. Political pundits believes that President Weah’ “bad Democratic credentials coupled with rampant stealing and embezzlement” of public funds, could be a major setback for his government to make an official visit to the US.
Below is a formal listing of Linerian Leaders who officially visited the US begining from Barclay ;
- President BarclayOfficial visit. Addressed U.S. Congress May 28. Afterward visited Akron and Columbus (Ohio), Buffalo (New York), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), and New York City. Departed U.S. June 12.
- May 26–30, 1943: President-elect TubmanAccompanied President Barclay.
- May 26–30, 1943: President TubmanState visit.
- In U.S. October 16–November 12, visiting Akron, Chicago, Springfield (Ill.), Detroit, Cleveland, New York City, Tuskegee (Ala.), and Atlanta. October 18–21, 1954President TubmanOfficial visit.
- In U.S. October 17–24; visited New York City and Rutherford (New Jersey).
- October 19–21, 1961: President William V. S. Tubman Official visit.
- In U.S. March 23–April 3; visited New York City, Baltimore, and Cedar Rapids (Ia.).
- March 27–28, 1968President William R. Tolbert – Private visit.
- In U.S. June 4–8. June 5, 1973President William R. Tolbert – Private visit. November 5, 1974President William R. Tolbert – State visit.
- In U.S. September 20. Addressed joint session of U.S. Congress September 23; visited Williamsburg and Atlanta. After September 27, private visit to Philadelphia and New York City.
- September 21–24, 1976: President William R. TolbertPrivate visit. Met with President Carter.
- October 2.September 25–October 2, 1979: Head of State Samuel Kanyon Doe – Official working visit. Private visit afterward to Los Angeles.
- August 16–21, 1982: Chairman Gyude BryantWorking visit.February 9–12, 2004
- President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Addressed the Joint Session of Congress on March 15. March 15–23, 2006President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Working visit.
- February 12–16, 2007: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Working visit.
- October 17–28, 2007President Ellen Johnson SirleafWorking visit. Also addressed the White House Summit on International Development, October 21.
- October 20–22, 2008 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Working visit.
- May 27, 2010, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Official Working Visit.
- February 27, 2015President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf attended the Africa Leaders Ebola Meeting.