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Trump meets with Haitian-American community in Miami

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Samuel Maxime

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LITTLE HAITI, Florida, US (sentinel.ht) – On Friday, the Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump, met with the Haitian-American community in Miami’s Little Haiti.

It would be a historic first for these Americans descended from Haiti. It was the first time a U.S. presidential candidate would meet with these people. Although the Clintons honeymooned in Haiti, their policy towards the country hadn’t been to engage through Americans born there or whose roots trace back there.

In February 2012, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle had a private fundraiser for his reelection campaign at the home of the more affluent of the Haitian-American community.

Mr. Trump met with a several dozen Haitian-Americans at the publicly-funded Little Haiti Cultural Center. The center was created in 2011 as a unique opportunity for Florida to share its Afro-Caribbean roots through arts and research.

Out the gate, the attendees had nothing more but to express their distaste of the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “The Clintons have been running Haiti for 25 years… and they say Haiti, with Martelly, is open for business. They opened up Haiti for monkey business. Drug business, money laundering business,” said a community leader who introduce Mr. Trump.

The country was hit by a devastating earthquake in 2010 that literally caught the attention of the world for weeks. The U.S. not only put more tax payers dollars towards the relief and recovery effort, Americans dug deep into their pockets, their closets, into their free time, to donate and help.

For many Haitians, including those who met with Donald Trump Friday, the Clintons, in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake were between utter incompetence and criminal overall uncompassionate.

2010, Clintons in Haiti

Earthquake

On January 12, 2010 a massive 7.3 earthquake struck Haiti, devastating the island and killing over 300,000 people. Haiti’s problems were severe and the devastation created new opportunities for predators to take full advantage of the situation and use the tragedy to prey upon the victims for personal gain and profit. The country was declared open for business and while the Haitian people suffered the Clintons cashed in.

Hillary Clinton ran the State Department, Bill Clinton, a year prior in 2009, was name Head of the United Nations Envoy to Haiti. He also became co-Chair of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission (IHRC) which had more than $13 billion [USD] for relief and reconstruction pledged it to manage. The money was always routed to friends and donors of the Clintons and to this day, analysts have a difficult time understanding how it went and what actually was accomplished.

In 2015, two attorneys, Newton Louis St Juste and André Michel, filed a legal challenge with the Secretary General of the United Nations to clarify the legal status of former United States President Bill Clinton, the U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti to the Secretary General and Co-Chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) from 2009 to 2011.

In the letter dated Monday, January 5, 2015 to Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the lawyers informed him that a court action was initiated on April 10, 2014 against former U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton at [Haiti’s] Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes, to shed light on the destination and uses of funds transferred by the international community through the IHRC to help the Haitian people after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

Cholera

On October 14, 2010, just months after the earthquake, Haiti faced a deadly threat never before seen on the island, cholera.

United Nations peacekeepers in the central town of Mirebalais, 34 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake had been dumping their waste into the island’s primary tributary, the Artibonite River. It is a body of water that spreads throughout the island in waterways used for bathing, cleaning, cooking and drinking.

The disease infected tens of thousands and in just a few months and killed hundreds, 150 Haitians died in the first week.

Despite dozens of reports and research done from institutions such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Yale University, the UN denied and deflected responsibility grossly and “immorally” for five years. When pressured with legal action, the world organization claimed immunity from prosecution or lawsuit.

It took the urging of a rare bipartisan group of 158 members of Congress, led by Republican Congresswoman Mia Love and Democratic Congressman John Conyers, who wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, to get the UN’s admission of guilt. In their letter they decried the Obama administration’s silence in the face of overwhelming evidence and continuing denial of the United Nations.

An internal United Nations report leaked and showed that UN peacekeepers continued the the unsanitary practices four years after those same practices led to the outbreak. Finally, 5 years and 10 months after the outbreak, in August 2016, the United Nations admitted to its “role” in the introduction of the cholera bacteria.

The UN cholera scandal received the silence of former President Bill Clinton throughout this time despite he having been appointed by Ban Ki-Moon to be the Head of the U.N. Envoy to Haiti from 2009 to 2011.

Elections

On December 7, 2010 a group called Mouvement Tet Kale organized riots in the cities of Port-au-Prince and Les Cayes, Haiti. They burned buildings and cars. MTK was reacting to election results that placed their candidate, Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly, also known as Tet Kale, out of the presidential runoffs and in 3rd place.

About 3 months after those riots, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) would do something against long-standing policy: it would pay a political organization $100,000 [USD]. In the interim, between the December riots and March payment, the General Director of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) says Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, worked to manage a change in the election results.

Pierre Louis Opont, who was DG of the CEP in 2010 and spoke as President of the CEP in 2015, said in an interview on July 2, 2015 that Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, who also served as an unpaid board member, in the course of 6 weeks following those riots made a dozen trips to Haiti and told electoral councilors that the “results of the international community would be what is published“.

The machination here would be publicly scandalized when Secretary Clinton, herself, would take her eye off the Arab Spring emerging in Egypt to travel in person to Haiti to meet with the country’s presidential candidates. According to President Obama’s National Security Council, this violated a long-standing U.S. practice and principle.

“…we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country.” – Bernadette Meehan, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council.

John Kerry Michel Martelly
US Secretary of State John Kerry with President Michel Martelly, October 6, 2015

Clinton needed a friend in the Haitian National Palace in order to allow her husband, their Foundation, and the IHRC to operate as it pleased. It would be the “behind the doors actions” of the U.S. State Department and Clinton donors in Haiti what would favor bringing the raunchy musician, Michel Martelly to power.

This Martelly would place Clinton donors in great position to collect on the reconstruction aid. Not just donors, but also Hillary Clinton’s brother Tony Rodham. He received one of two lucrative gold mining contracts, valued at $21 billion, in Haiti. It would be the first time in more than 50 years that Haiti had award such an exploitation license. The execution of the license were stopped by he Haitian Senate in 2014.

Luckily for Rodham, Haiti had a President Martelly who was on record since the 90s of his intention to destroy the legislature. He told the Miami News Times, if he were president, “first thing, after I establish my power, which would be very strong and necessary, I would close that congress thing. La chambre des deputes. Le senat.” He claps his hands. “Out of my way.” For the first year he would outlaw all strikes and demonstrations.

This has left a headache for the Obama White House and Kerry State Department to clean up. On the 5th anniversary of the 2010 earthquake, January 12, 2015, Haiti’s parliament would fall for not having organized elections to renew lawmakers. Haiti went from a democracy of 5,000 elected officials, to a totalitarian regime ruled by Martelly in just 5 years.

Martelly would be ousted without a successor on February 7, 2016 and the facts are, the next United States president, whether it be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be sworn-in before Haiti has a legitimately elected president.

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About The Author

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Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.

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