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Iceland’s president wants to ban pineapple on pizza instead of, you know, refugees

“I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don’t like,” he said afterward.
You either love pineapple on pizza or you hate it, but would you ban it?Yutaka Seki/Flickr

President Donald Trump has opened the door for mass deportations of people in the U.S. illegally, just weeks after instituting a controversial ban on refugees and travelers from seven mostly Muslim nations entering the country.

But a few thousand miles to the northeast, one country’s president would like to ban something a little less contentious, but debated heavily nonetheless: pineapple on pizza, The Washington Post reported.

When asked if he liked pineapple on his pizza by high school students in Akureyri last week, President Gudni Thorlacius Johannesson replied that he was “firmly opposed” and would ban the topping if he could.

Supporters and detractors alike took to social media, including frozen pizza maker DiGiorno.


Soon after, Johannesson issued a statement saying he likes “pineapples, just not on pizza.”
“I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don’t like. I would not want to live in such a country.”
Well, we guess that statement could explain why Johannesson’s recent approval ratings were 97 percent, but the former university history professor and published author has shown he's kinda just like us.
Soon after taking office last August, the new president — and the country’s youngest to be elected — was spied picking up a Dominos pizza during the chain’s “Mega Week” promotion.
So what’s his pizza topping of choice?
“I recommend seafood,” Johannesson said.

 

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