Trump to meet with Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago in Florida

Trump to meet with Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago

www.msn.com/en-xl/latinamerica/-  19 March 2019

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President Donald Trump is slated to meet with the leaders of several Caribbean countries later this week at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the White House announced.

Trump will gather with the leaders of the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia on Friday March 22, 2019 to reaffirm the White House’s “strong friendship with and commitment to these countries, and signal the importance of the Caribbean to the hemisphere,” the White House said in a statement. 

“The President will discuss his vision for our diverse relationships in the Caribbean and the potential opportunities for energy investment,” the White House added, noting that the leaders will also discuss Chinese economic practices in the region and the current Venezuelan leadership crisis.

Trump sparked bipartisan backlash early last year after he reportedly referred to immigrants from Haiti and African nations as coming from “shithole countries.” He also reportedly suggested that the U.S. should welcome immigrants from countries like Norway.

“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems,” Trump tweeted in response to a report about his comments at the time. “I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”

Trump has previously held high-profile negotiations at his Florida resort since becoming president. He hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping to negotiate the trade relationship between Washington and Beijing and hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss commerce and defense interests in 2017.

UPDATE

Four CARICOM leaders leave Mar-a-Lago with promises of increased US investment

Posted: 27 Mar 2019 06:00 AM PDT

By Melanius Alphonse Caribbean News Now associate managing editor melanius@caribbeannewsnow.com PALM BEACH, USA — US President Donald Trump’s meeting with the leaders of four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states, along with the Dominican Republic, on Friday at Mar-a-Lago, who have been pushing to step up sanctions and political pressure on Venezuela, contrary to the official […]

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Comments

  • Michael Richards  On March 20, 2019 at 9:52 am

    How about Guyana Trinidad Barbados

  • carament  On March 20, 2019 at 10:54 am

    A weak bully who is not easily getting his way in Venezuela so he chooses to meet with a select number of Caricom heads to potentially craft a message that Caricom is with him in the struggle to dislodge Maduro. Remember Grenada…it was Eugenia Charles of Dominica who paved the way for the Reagan administration’s assault/invasion of a sister state. He already knows what the Caricom response is and he is now trying to break its back; and he will probably offer them things that will never materialize. The sadness is that these leaders will take a seat at the table but will only be offered the crumbs menu.

  • wally n  On March 20, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Would have been a better statement AFTER the meeting, don’t you think there might be a reason the BIGGER ones might have a separate date, on that note maybe GUYANA might even have a face to face. Who knows.

    • Emnuel  On March 20, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      Trump supporters are the lowest common denominators. It’s a scary thought.

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