In a post on his Facebook page this afternoon, the New York Congressman said “there is currently a contested parliamentary election in Guyana. The outcome is in dispute, much like in the United States during the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.”
Jeffries, whose 8th Congressional District is home to many Guyanese and other Caribbean nationals, observed that “with respect to the outcome of the election in Guyana, I take no position. Neither should the Trump administration.”
This is in stark contrast to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who on Wednesday announced visa restrictions on unnamed Guyanese officials on while calling on President David Granger to step aside.
"This action is not about interference. It is to send a clear message of the consequences of subverting democracy and the rule of law, which poses a danger to us and our hemispheric partners. We have long said that we have no preference for a winning party, as long as it is selected through a free and fair electoral process that is credible," Pompeo said.
However, the New York Democratic Congressman said “Donald Trump regularly poisons the fabric of America’s democracy with his corrupt abuse of power and false claims of voter fraud. The Trump administration is in no position to lecture Guyana or anyone else about democracy.”
“The Trump administration has consistently embraced dictators and autocrats in countries like Brazil, North Korea, Turkey, Russia and Saudi Arabia. They have done nothing to promote democracy throughout the world,” the senior Democratic Leader declared.
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