The Obama administration recently declared Venezuela a threat to national security and placed sanctions on individual Venezuelan officials who violated their citizens’ human rights, committed acts of violence, persecuted political opponents, undermined democratic institutions and engaged in public corruption. These officials are not allowed to enter the US and their assets have been frozen.
Cajoled by the half-century old Castro family regime in Cuba and Venezuelan strong man President Maduro, several Caribbean governments rushed to the aid of Venezuela spewing anti-American dogma.
US Councilman Kenrick W Clifton commended the reasonable approach taken by newly elected Prime Minister of St.Kitts-Nevis Dr. Timothy Harris.
The Town Councilor for Randolph City in Massachusetts stated “I commend the mature and statesman-like approach of the new Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Timothy Harris, who in recent comments, called for reconciliation and diplomacy. While acknowledging Venezuela’s friendship, Prime Minister Harris in recognizing the historical ties with the United States, the importance of tourism, trade relations and the fact that the US has been the home to hundreds of thousands of nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis and the rest of the Caribbean, was astute in calling for dialogue, peaceful co-existence and a more balanced approach to conflict resolution.”
“Prime Minister Harris’ judicious approach contrasts dramatically with the more boisterous rhetoric of Prime Ministers Skerrit of Dominica and Gonsalves of St. Vincent who impulsively lambaste and chastised the Obama administration. Presumably, in the ideological minds of Skerrit and Gonsalves, national sovereignty should not apply to the United States and Americans should not have the right of self-determination over their own security and financial system,” Hon. Clifton Continued
Clifton went on to criticise Prime Mnisters Skerrit and Gonsalves who were very reluctant to express disdain and opposition to the actions of former St.Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and his handling of the two year old Motion of No Confidence which he essentially refused to have debated.
Clifton declared “Ironically, these were two of the Caribbean leaders who were enablers of former Prime Minister Denzil Douglas who for over two years brazenly violated the constitutional rights and freedoms of the citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis. While Prime Minister Skerrit ignored the cries of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, PM Gonsalves went even further in publicly disrespecting the now Prime Minister Harris as he reached out to Caribbean leaders and sought constructive engagement to resolve the constitutional crisis in St. Kitts and Nevis.”
Hon. Kenrick W. Clifton has the distinction of being the only St.Kitts-Nevis National to be elected to the Legislative Branch of a Municipal Government in the United States of America. He also made history when he became the first person of color to be elected Town Councillor in the City of Randolph in Massachucets