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Trump: Hashtag Response to Nigeria Kidnapping 'Incredible'

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Monday, 12 May 2014 09:30 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

It's "incredible" for the United States to use a Twitter hashtag as a response to schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria, Donald Trump said Monday.

Celebrities, as well as first lady Michelle Obama, have participated in a Twitter campaign called #bringbackourgirls to heighten awareness for 276 girls still missing after being abducted in April from a school in the northeastern part of the country.

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Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the abduction, and the group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, threatened to sell the girls into slavery. In addition to criticizing the U.S. response, Trump had harsh words for the Nigerian government's inability to react to the abduction.

The hashtag response "was incredible. I mean, incredible," the real estate and entertainment billionaire told "Fox & Friends."

"When you look at what's going on with the girls just snatched up like that, they have no government over there. The country is a total disgrace and a sham."

Secretary of State John Kerry called Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on May 6 offering to send a team of law enforcement and military experts to help locate and rescue the captive girls, according to The Washington Post.

Though he stressed he wasn't "a big one for intervention," Trump said the United States could intervene "relatively easily." He explained the United States could "take some of our elites" and "go in there" and rescue the girls.

"That's something we should be doing, in my opinion. You have to do something to save those girls," he said.

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