MIAMI, Florida, US (sentinel.ht) – The former President of the National Assembly, former Senator Bernard Sansaricq, told the Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump, on Friday that the Clinton administration, in 1994, tried to bribe him for support for the U.S. invasion of Haiti.
Invasion Back Story
The invasion, called Operation Uphold Democracy, ultimately came to fruition on September 19, 1994. The purpose of the mission seemed noble, to return a democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, back to power. The problem, Aristide was sent into exile in a military coup three years earlier in 1991.
In the interim, between the coup and return to power, U.S. President Bill Clinton would negotiate with Aristide deals that would have the most negative impacts on Haiti, affecting the country this day. These deals would effectively render Haiti incapable of feeding itself. It would make Clinton’s friends, donors, and dozens of rice farmers in Arkansas extremely wealthy.
In 2010, Bill Clinton was under intense scrutiny from journalists who questioned whether he was appropriate for leading a $13 billion [USD] earthquake recovery. Wanting to move on and gain control of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission (IHRC), which would manage those funds, Clinton would make a public apology for the 1994 deal saying he made a “devil’s bargain.”
Friday, Mr. Trump in Little Haiti
Former Senator Bernard Sansaricq was among dozens who met with Donald Trump during a campaign stop at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami. Many spoke of the need for an investigation into the actions of the Clinton’s in Haiti, especially in 2010, in the aftermath of that devastating earthquake.
Sansaricq, who currently resides in Miami spoke about his experience with President Clinton in 1994. Since being in the U.S., Sansaricq has been a member of the Republican Party and ran twice for Congress in 2010 and 2012 with Tea Party support.
When the U.S. president wanted to put Marines in Haiti to return Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power, Haitians, including the leader of their Legislature, Sansaricq, were overwhelmingly opposed to it. A real threat that American soldiers would face insurgent attacks and that some Haitian citizens would die was prevailing.
Sansaricq said that the Clinton administration wanted his support and the White House would send a major player in the Democratic Party, Bill Richardson, to Haiti to try and “appease” him.
Bill Richardson is the former Governor of New Mexico. He was Chairman of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in 2004 and held the cabinet position of Secretary of Commerce for the Obama White House in 2009. Richardson resigned from the Obama administration a month in, after accusations of shady dealings in New Mexico surfaced.
In 1994, Richardson was the Congressman for New Mexico.
Sansaricq says discussions with Richardson took four hours. The two lawmakers argued over the prospect of an invasion and Sansaricq’s position was that the U.S. should not invade Haiti. Sansaricq says he told Richardson to “take the message back to President Clinton.”
A week later, a man saying he was from the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince appeared at the senator’s home and told him that if he “sided” with Bill Clinton in the invasion, he would become “the richest man in Haiti.”