Is Senator Marco Rubio A Friend Of Haiti?

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Republican Senator Marco Rubio's March 27, 2017 announcement alone is never enough to stamp him as a friend or foe of Haiti. On that day, Rubio delivered a statement warning the governments of El Salvador, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic that the US would cut off aid if they failed to vote to suspend Venezuela from the Organization of American States. The socialist President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has jailed political opponents, ignored the results of regional elections and commandeered the judiciary branch as the country has spiraled into poverty and chaos.

Do we know the reason why Marco Rubio spoke so? Perhaps Senator Rubio was announcing future U.S policy which is beyond his control to reshape or influencec or he was honestly admitting the truth and making us aware of the future. From the recent policies and actions of the Trump administration, such policy shift is not very unlikely, maybe Senator Rubio has rightly clarified that gwe have a very difficult situation in Washington, where massive cuts in foreign aid are under consideration and it will be very difficult for us to justify assistance to those countries if they, at the end of the day, are countries that do not cooperate in the defense of democracy in the region.h It is a fact that his earlier records never suggested that Senator Rubio was known for carrying the Haiti agenda in Congress. In the earlier part of the last presidential election, the action of his department suggested that he was a lobbyist of Laurent Lamothe.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (Republican, FL), is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Committee on Foreign Relations. He was elected to the U.S. Senate representing Florida in 2010 and re-elected to the Senate in 2016. He is one of four children born to Cuban immigrants. Both of his parents worked hard to support the family. His father spent many years as a bartender and his mother held a number of service industry and retail jobs. During his campaign, he stated that his parents fled Cuba during the revolution. However, they had actually left before Fidel Castro took power. Rubio is a member of several Senate Committees including Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; and the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Rubio's statement came the day before when during an extraordinary session the members of the OAS state failed to reach a consensus (2/3rd majority) on Venezuela suspension as the member-states expressed mixed opinions. Notably, during the meeting, Caribbean nations such as Haiti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, and Barbados all challenged the call for Venezuelafs suspension.

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