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Biden ‘Not Very Interested’ in El Salvador; Trump Treated Us ‘Much Better’

El Salvador’s President Nayib Boucle said Thursday night that the Biden administration has never shown any interest in cooperating with his government, unlike former President Donald Trump’s administration.

Mr. Bukele delivered the speech At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, he was asked by a Spanish-language journalist what he thought about the Biden administration’s treatment of the government.

“Well, we have always been willing to do it, but I don’t think it is a priority of the current administration,” Bukele replied. “For us, the United States has always been our first partner economically, because a large part of our population lives here, and in all aspects, including currency. In fact, American influence is in every sense of the word.”

“We are always willing to work. Unfortunately, [Biden] “The government was not very interested in working with us from the beginning,” he continued. “That may be a priority they don’t have.”

The reporter went on to ask Bukele, “So do you think your relationship with the previous Trump administration was better?”

“Yes, of course, much better,” Bukele replied. “Their interest is even higher, and our interest has always been there.”

The reporter also asked Bukele to send a message to all Latinos in the United States in light of the upcoming 2024 election.

“I give a big hug to all Latinos, give them great strength, and always strive to move this country forward as we have always done,” Bukele said. “Work, do your best, and vote [chooses] But with wisdom and love, ask God for wisdom. ”

The reporter finally asked Bukele who he would vote for. Bukele laughed and replied, “No, I’ll leave that to the people.”

The Biden administration remains critical of El Salvador, both regarding its ongoing crackdown on gang violence and Mr. Boucle’s re-election.

Biden administration will be inaugurated in 2022 expressed “Concerns” over El Salvador’s law that criminalizes “reporting on certain gang activities,” which the State Department says could lead to “attempts at media censorship.”Bukele answered He accused the Biden administration of siding with gangs.

The Biden administration also objected to Mr. Boucle’s recent landslide re-election, El Salvador’s constitution’s ban on presidential re-election, and the circumstances that allowed Mr. Boucle to run for consecutive re-elections.

El Salvador’s constitution explicitly prohibits the president from running for re-election, but Bukele was able to run after the country’s highest court ruled that he would be allowed to resign if he resigned just before the election.

State Department It is regarded The 2021 ruling was “undermining democracy”. October, Brian Nichols, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs claimed Bukele’s re-election “deserves a debate on its legality,” he said.

Bukele won the February election with nearly 85% of the vote. Organization of American States (OAS) recognized Although his victory was legitimate, special attention was given to the unprecedented circumstances that allowed Bukele to run for re-election.

The Biden administration also imposed sanctions on several members of Boucle’s cabinet, including Osiris Luna Meza, deputy minister of El Salvador’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security, and Carlos Amilcar Marroquín Chica, head of the Social Restructuring Unit.Both were authorized In 2021, he was indicted by the Treasury Department for allegedly participating in undercover negotiations with the leaders of the criminal organizations MS-13 and 18th Street.

Last year, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) meeting Along with Boucle, he criticized President Joe Biden for “alienating” Boucle and other Central American allies.

“So how will the Biden administration react to this?” [Bukele’s gang crackdown]?By badmouthing the guy, by sanctioning government officials, by pushing them into a corner because they’re too tough and too harsh,” Rubio said. Said in a video posted on social media. “And most of all, this is a person who has tried to be a friend and an ally to the United States, and we have a foreign policy problem. We treat our enemies better than our friends. ”

“Our administration is bending over backwards to respond. [Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolás] Maduro’s regime, a regime that is afraid to do something strong. [communist dictator Daniel] Mr. Rubio continued. “Nicaragua’s Mr. Ortega criticizes the Cuban government, but at the same time he has decided that “I am going to suppress El Salvador, sanction it, malign it, and make it a pariah in the world.””

Christian K. Caruso is a Venezuelan writer who chronicles life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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