US Ambassador steers clear of Trump debate

United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean  Linda Taglialatela is not prepared to be dragged into any discussion on the concerns raised here about the election of businessman Donald Trump as the next US president.

Taglialatela deftly deflected questions about the possible direction of Trump’s presidency based on his nativist and anti-immigration rhetoric on the campaign trail.

In a comment to Barbados TODAY on the election outcome, the American diplomat, who took over from Larry Palmer at the end of January this year, said, “we are very happy that we have a very well defined democratic process”.


Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (right) welcoming new US Ambassador  to Barbados Linda Taglialatela at Government Headquarters.
New US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela meeting with Prime Minister Freundel Sutart. 

“We are happy that there was an opportunity for Americans to vote. The American people have spoken and we will all rally around what the decision of the American people is and we will work to create the next administration of the federal government and we will support it,” Taglialatela stressed.

Trump’s victory over Democrat Hilary Clinton in Tuesday’s election has been described by Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies Sir Hilary Beckles as a retrograde step that would take the US back by several decades to the days of “plantation America” when blacks had little to no civil rights and white supremacy was prevalent.


5 Responses to US Ambassador steers clear of Trump debate

  1. jrsmith November 12, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Sir Hilary you are talking rubbish , so where you think Barbados is aiming for.. 1% of the people in barbados owns all the wealth and these are not political people….. she is right totally agreed with her, the Democrat is weeping and wailing , because the Republicans now control the US , Senate, Congress and the Supreme justice …..forgot the (Donald ) pres………

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 12, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    All they are interested in, cashing in on the have nots applying for VISAS.

    • Lara Crofte
      Lara Crofte November 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      The haves have to get visas to travel too.

  3. David G. Brooks November 13, 2016 at 9:16 am

    “1% of the people in barbados owns all the wealth and these are not political people” – hmm, I suppose Leroy Parris of Clico reported making $80K per month counts him out of that one. Lest we forget – Errol Barrow’s family owned several plantations in St. Lucy, etc. Making blanket statements like that in 2016 is really showing your colours and prejudices. Oh but I forget, only whites can be prejudiced.

  4. june November 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Having worked as a local employee in a senior position in the diplomatic arena for 22 years (now retired) I can safely say that the locals are safer job wise. There is an air of “uneasy” lurking re the future of these dips who are sent here to do NOTHING AND WHO KNOW NOTHING. Pack your bags!


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