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Trump 2020 Will Be Bogged by Obama-Clinton Policies in Haiti

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Maxime

U.S. President Donald J. Trump made critical headway in the 2016 presidential elections by pointing to the plethora of scandals involving his opponent, Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, the State Department and Haiti. It delivered Florida to Trump where turnout in South Florida was low for Clinton and higher than expected for Trump. Smartly summed up, to not own the problems in Haiti, Mr. Trump has stayed clear from foreign policy towards the country but badly calculated, they are slowly bubbling up just a year from the re-election vote.

On Thursday, former Haitian Senator Jean-Charles Moïse led a massive branch of the day's protests to the U.S. Embassy located in the Tabarre district of Port-au-Prince. Le Nouvelliste, the 120-year old most read newspaper in Haiti, feigned ignorance as to why Mr. Moïse, the leader of Pitit Dessalines with no relation to the embattled president, would index Uncle Sam in Haiti's current state of widespread unrest.

Senator Moïse responded with an explanation of the apparatus left behind in Haiti by the foreign policy of the Obama-Clinton State Department of renowned global failure. He also added that "the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Haiti is an American." He said "we have come to prove to the world that we, the Sons of Dessalines, have the conviction and the courage to ask the Americans to let go of Jovenel Moïse."

"It's a message that I send to the world," said Moïse, "they are responsible for everything that happens in Haiti. It is they who hold the country hostage with Jovenel Moïse." And another activist within Pitit Dessalines said "it is the US Embassy that renews 'the system' by placing its pawns at the head of the country, during the renewal of its political staff."

The activists harped on the role then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played in Haiti's 2011 elections. Clinton was so handsy that she left the highly consequential dialogue surrounding the Arab Spring in the middle east to fly into Haiti, in person, to push for a change to the election results. At this exact time, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) would pay $100,000 [USD] to a wholly political organization called Mouvement Tét Kale which conducted violent rioting in Haiti. Those movements would be used as pretext to take the fourth-placed candidate, Michel Martelly of the Repons Peyizan political party, to becoming the eventual winner and president of Haiti. Mouvement Tét Kale would be transformed into the Parti Haitien Tét Kale (PHTK) political party that is the banner of the current Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.

"The Core Goup, for example, played an important role in the accession of Jovenel Moïses to the presidency," said one of the activists in front of the U.S. Embassy on Thursday. He reminded the press of the widespread violence, ballot-stuffing, that the electoral council declared PHTK was responsible for but because of the U.S.-led 'Core Group' had its hands tied in enforcing its own electoral laws. The Obama administration would spend $17 million [USD] in U.S. tax payer dollars to organize a repeat of the same election, with the same violence and results, with no consequences to the PHTK party that was declared the culprits. "It would be absurd not to go to the American embassy when we ask for an end to the problematic system," that same activist concluded by saying.

Josué Mérilien, professor and activist who was at the U.S. Embassy protest Thursday also demanded the U.S. "to stop supporting the corruption, the theft, the massacres, and other acts in Haiit. We come to claim the right of the Haitian people to self-determination. Foreigners must stop their dictates," Mr. Mérilien said.

Outlook for 2020

The situation in Haiti will worsen. President Trump has shown some proactivity in resolving all of his campaign promises. Big moves have been made towards building a wall and immigration, in stopping and fighting power pedophilia rings, and with trade, but he has ignored Haiti. Not interfering in Haiti's affairs is very good in concept, but not when there is a Clinton apparatus still strong and functioning in the country.

It's doubtful from the chatter on social media but even if Trump's core base were to not be effected by the events in Haiti, the upheaval in the country compounded by the immigration efforts that attack Haitian migrants, will make it very difficult for Trump to mitigated South Florida's impact in 2020. Haitian-Americans may not be talking much about it now, putting pressure on the Trump administration, now, but it would be foolish to think the situation is lost on them with no Hillary to fear.

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