Category - Trump Administration

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Not so fast Designating Venezuela a Sponsor of Terrorism, Mr. Trump!

Not so fast Designating Venezuela a Sponsor of Terrorism, Mr. Trump! Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (20 Nov. 2018) — While acting contrary to U.S. laws is nothing new for the Trump Administration, the latest report of President Trump’s intent to designate Venezuela ‘a State Sponsor of Terrorism’ is yet another example of irrational foreign policy action by this administration. It has drawn a strong rebuke from Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs...

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Trump Administration Threatens International Order

Trump Administration Threatens International Order Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (12 Sept. 2018) — American exceptionalism is arguably an accepted reality. However, with exceptionalism comes responsibility to ensure global stability, peace and security and should not be to create global chaos. Respect for American use of power and its role in the world comes with acting within a rules-based system, with moral authority exemplified by its deeds and behavior, and not because of its...

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Collateral Damage from Trump’s Actions Destabilize Caribbean Countries

Collateral Damage from Trump’s Actions Destabilize Caribbean Countries Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (13 May 2018) –In just under 16 months of President Donald Trump’s administration, actions taken by the American president are sending shock waves across the Caribbean and the world. Unintended consequences – collateral damage – from U.S. actions threaten to destabilize the fragile economies and security of Caribbean countries.  The Trump storm is creating new dynamics in geopolitical...

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Tillerson’s Jamaica visit will divide CARICOM, Unless…

Tillerson’s Jamaica visit will divide CARICOM, Unless… Ambassador Curtis A. Ward While Secretary Rex Tillerson’s scheduled visit to Jamaica has been received with some level of scepticism, any visit by a U.S. Secretary of State to Jamaica should be welcome news. Ordinarily, such visits are expressions of good working relationships, and often used to strengthen ties even further.  On the other hand, there are also visits by U.S. Secretaries of State which are triggered by disagreements on...

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Confusion and Chaos in Trump’s Administration

Confusion and Chaos in Trump’s Administration Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (06 Oct. 2017) — Diplomats in Washington and political leaders around the world are confused about what to expect from the Donald Trump Administration. Most democracies and free market countries rely on America’s leadership on important geopolitical, international security, and other global issues. Now, trust in America’s instincts, judgment, and leadership is being questioned in capitals around the world...