Mottley and Payne congratulate US president-elect

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley says there is an important political lesson, not only for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, but for all political leaders arising out of Tuesday’s presidential elections in the United States.

“It cannot be business as usual in the manner in which we represent our people and govern our countries,” she said.

In a brief statement Wednesday evening, Mottley congratulated US president-elect Donald Trump of the Republican party, saying “the voters of America have spoken clearly that they are fully supportive of the ideal of making America great again.

“It is clear that people want to be more involved in decisions that affect them and to be able to benefit from the creation of wealth in the country in which they live. This is a feeling that is being expressed all across the western world,” she added, while stressing that “people are demanding more and better” from politicians.

Given that the US has been one of Barbados’ closest neighbours, she also wished Trump well with his presidency, saying, “a stronger America portends well for a stronger hemisphere and a stronger Caribbean”.

Wednesday, BLP Chairman George Payne, who supports Trump, also hailed his stunning victory in the elections, saying he was hopeful that Trump could make a meaningful contribution to Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean.

Payne, who said today he had a sleepless night celebrating the real estate mogul’s win, said he did not believe Trump could do any worse than his predecessors, contending that none of them had ever contributed to the region.

“At least you have a new man in the White House and you have someone who has never been tested before politically. Notwithstanding how he has been branded, he now has a responsibility to show his true colours and to prove people wrong. So, even if he is a racist he is going to do a lot for people in the Caribbean,” he told Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of the presentation of computer tablets by the Aron and Christina Foundation to students of the A Dacosta Primary in his St Andrew constituency.

Payne argued that if Clinton had succeeded in becoming the first female US president, there would have been a continuation of what has always transpired in the treatment of small island states by the US.

The veteran politician admitted he had a challenge convincing his friends that Trump would come out victorious in the presidential race.

However, he said although the reality television star did not seem to go into the election as a popular candidate, because of his stance on important domestic and international issues, he was convinced the American people would have given him the nod.

On the way to capturing the needed 270 electoral college votes, Trump secured some crucial battleground victories in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, capturing several “blue” states that had successfully ushered President Barack Obama into the White House in 2008 and 2012.

14 Responses to Mottley and Payne congratulate US president-elect

  1. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith November 10, 2016 at 5:51 am


  2. Mark Infinity Thompson
    Mark Infinity Thompson November 10, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Jokey-Rass.., they elect the devil here and the demons there attention bim..

  3. Tamiko Bajan
    Tamiko Bajan November 10, 2016 at 6:25 am

    They both need to shut up

  4. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes November 10, 2016 at 6:31 am
  5. Fred November 10, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Did she even follow the US election at all? Sounds a lot like no. The white supremacist majority who voted to “make America great again” which actually meant take the country back from minorities because they are so scared of people of color. Trump will do nothing for the people of the Caribbean. All he wants to do is rip up trade agreements, bring all offshore business back to America, restrict immigration, and continue his supporters white supremacist agenda. P.S. Clinton won the popular vote so clearly the majority of Americans did not want Trump or his rhetoric as President.

  6. vad50 November 10, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I guess Mia Motley and Payne should take their own advice; because to my knowledge, it has been business as usual for the BLP and I keep hearing the same rhetoric.

  7. Donild Trimp November 10, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Something all politicians suffer from is foot in the mouth disease.

    Mark this date and this comment.

    I predict the BLP will not win the next General Election in Barbados.

  8. Zeus November 10, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Two local pollsters predicted that trump would lose …these same pollsters predict that she will win….. We wait and see

  9. Sunshine Sunny Shine November 10, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    ”It is clear that people want to be more involved in decisions that affect them and to be able to benefit from the creation of wealth in the country in which they live. This is a feeling that is being expressed all across the western world,” she added, while stressing that “people are demanding more and better” from politicians.”

    I hope you, Miss Mottley, pay special attention to what you have said. Pay special attention to it because to whom much is given much is expected in return.

  10. Hal Austin November 10, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Our political leaders must be careful in who they praise. Think of these comparisons: 1929, the Wall Street Crash; 2007/8 the collapse of the global economy; both events led to the rise of populist governments: in Germany, Hitler, in Italy, Mussolini.
    Both leaders believe in articulating the grievances of the common man and woman. We now know the outcome.
    The victims who paid for the platform rhetoric were the people blamed by the populist politicians.
    Immediately after Brexit, ostensibly about Brussels, there was a rise in racial attacks in Britain. Think about it.H


  11. Tony Webster November 10, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    @Hal…thanks and touché! The name changes…ditto the location, and the actors…but the game remains the same: “We always get the government which we deserve”. Or as my dad explained it to me: “Good people don’t wish to get their hands dirty in politics, so they never venture into the gutter…and we then wind up either with crooks, or incompetents”. To which I would offer…”Or with incompetent crooks”

  12. Observer November 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Mia I have a lot of respect for you ,i assume you wasn’t following this election thoroughly,trump is bad for Immigrants,black people and poor people plus he don’t knows nothing about foreign policy and dealing with world leaders,so pleased putting him on peddlestool you should slow your roll a little bit,and that’s my opinion on your celebration of trump so call winning

  13. josh November 10, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    “…So, even if he is a racist he is going to do a lot for people in the Caribbean,” he told Barbados TODAY… ha,ha,ha,ha,ha… I laugh till I nearly dead, is this the best Barbados can do against the present incumbent of political jokers? May the lord help us!

  14. BaJan boy November 10, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Wunnah DLP supporters really not classy and dumb with it and poor Hal Austin. How can you dummies expect leaders of countries or political parties to not congratulate the winner and President. It is quite obvious and in keeping with protocol that you do and Freundel Stuart although he would rather congratulate Castro has to do the same. Exactly why they did not take a side during the campaign since who ever won threy would have to work with. When politics blind us and we are so blind that we cannot see it is truly sad.


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