Gonsalves says Caribbean leaders meeting with Trump is ‘troubling’

Ralph Gonsalves

Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has described the recent meeting between United States President Donald Trump and some Caribbean leaders as “troubling.”

According to Caribbean News Service, Gonsalves told reporters that there was no true representation of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as not all members of CARICOM were present.

The current chairman of the regional body, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis was not invited to the meeting.

“None of those persons were invited and for it to be a true CARICOM representation you must at least have the chairman so that any discussion of Venezuela in that context…… it cuts across the agreement mechanisms that we have put in place.”

He stated that,“We, in CARICOM have to be very alive to the mischief that some persons may be up to, to seek to divide us in a manner which we ought not to be divided and therefore reduce the extent of our work.”

Read more: https://caribbeannewsservice.com/now/gonsalves-describes-meeting-between-us-president-and-caribbean-delegation-as-troubling/

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47 Comments

  1. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    March 27, 2019

    Caribbean countries gave themselves the SHAFT when they demanded and got independence from Britain. The region was much better off as a colony.

  2. Self
    March 26, 2019

    @ ???????? in that lying competition Skerrit would win bigly.

  3. colombo thomas
    March 26, 2019

    Its appears that I am censored on DNO when I choose to refute all these name calling and pathetic diatribes coming from ignoramus blinded political follwers without principle.

    ADMIN: ??? All your previous comments have been posted.

  4. Josephf
    March 26, 2019

    Am deeply concerned about this meeting as it relates to why certain countries were invited and others sidelined. It amounts to gross disrespect to the Prime Minister of St Kitts who is the current chairman of the the regional group. He was not invited ? Who divides that ? What was promised to these countries? Were they threatened ?

    • DA
      March 27, 2019

      The pm ‘ s of T& T , St vincent and the Grenadines , Dominican, Antigua and St kitts and Nevis – voted NO – FOR NO INTERFERENCE IN VENEZUELA – JAMAICA , ST LUCIA , HAITI, BAHAMAS AND DOMINICAN REPUBLIC VOTED [ Yes ] Those who voted yes were invited by the US President – The other Caricom states abstain . Ok Guyana did vote yet but was a no show at the meeting – Caricom is a fractured organization . Some states are with China – others are with taiwan . Some are with CCJ – OOTHERS are with the london prevy Court . Hope my post enlighten You . Good day to you .

    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      March 27, 2019

      Question! Do you usually invite all people in the city or village where you live? Get a life man. Trump invited his friends, not any Caribbean organization or grouping. Got it?

  5. March 26, 2019

    This is the same man who told us that we do not need an international airport and then fly back to his homeland and build his owne.
    Should we believe you now, while venezuelans suffer daily or are you trying to protect your corrupt Petrocaribe agreement at the expense of the venezuelan people

    Lets go Trump, the Caribbean is behind you

  6. Jonathan Y St Jean
    March 26, 2019

    Me Gonsalves, we are fully aware of the mischief you are causing with this comment meant to divide Caribbean people. The US president invited who he called his friends and did not invite representatives of the Caribbean, not Caricom. So where do you come off with your argument that those friends of Mr. Trump don’t represent the Caribbean? When Roosevelt Skerritt attended the St Petersburg economic forum in Russia, he decided to speak on behalf of the Caribbean. Did you denounce that power grab for Skerritt to want to offer visa-free entry to all Caribbean countries on his own volition? Sounds like you feel jealous and discarded not to be among the leaders invited to the private home of the US president. Let it rest Mr. Gonsalves because this event proves that even if you’ve been in office for a long time you aren’t that important in the scheme of things.

  7. REAL!!!!
    March 26, 2019

    CARICOM did not joining ALBA as a Caribbean body…….If I recall individual Caribbean countries did so on their own.

    So why now they are speaking to the US President as independent CARICOM countries it is troubling?

    Was it troubling when you and others were speaking to Venezuela under ALBA as individual CARICOM countries?

  8. Think
    March 26, 2019

    Caribbean people need to be very mindful of the intentions of the North (Europe and America). For years with have been indoctrinated by the ideologies and philosophies (Capitalism, Marxism, Communism, Free Market, Socialism, Liberalism, etc) which we take as “truths” and use these to fight each other instead of uniting for our common good. We need to become independent thinkers with our own philosophies that work in our best interest.

    • Pipo
      March 26, 2019

      And what ism woul you replace all these philosophies with Think? You say what you don’t want but do not tell us your alternative. Maybe despotism? Would that suit you?

    • Sense out of nonsense
      March 26, 2019

      You don’t seem to have a problem using the technology they created though. Also free market and capitalism does work in our best interest. Unless you think that you are not entitled to the fruit of your hard work

  9. LifeandDeath
    March 26, 2019

    Gonsalves is like that cool granpa or Big Uncle so we gotta listen when he speaks..BUT, Barbados should have never poached Ross from Dominica, and CARICOM said nothing. The agreement among members should be to never allow multinational companies to simply pick-up and move to another CARICOM jurisdiction.
    We can continue to fool ourselves but this region is going nowhere fast when we compete head to head with each other. The formula is to seriously find the comparative advantage of each of our islands and the whole region should cater to marketing such unique advantages in UNISON..unless we can relinquish our selfish ways, then Regional integration is just a Joke and CARICOM will forever be slapped into a corner while each island push their own developmental Agenda. Finally, you all must stand up and tell leaders when they’re wrong. Skerrit is creating a mendicant society under your noses, stink like rorring flesh and all mouths remain SHUT!!..#hypocrisydivides #wakeup!!

    • Shaka Zulu
      March 26, 2019

      Brilliantly put. I need add nothing more.

  10. Observers
    March 26, 2019

    Gonsalves needs to just shut up you and people like skerritt are just insignificant matters on the world stage and that’s what the meeting proves. Go take your greedy, principles and personal agenda and suck it up. You all dont care about the people of Venezuela you all are interested in the kick backs you all receive in tha ALBA agreement. All good things comes to an end once again SUCK IT!!!!!!

  11. little yout
    March 25, 2019

    If you was invited you would have gone because you like publicity. Trump don’t like you and Skerrit.

    • DE TRUMP
      March 27, 2019

      since when you like Trump?

      • Me
        March 27, 2019

        One can not argue about taste.

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  12. Self
    March 25, 2019

    When Roosevelt Skerrit met with the Russians it did not trouble you one bit. Hypocrite!

  13. Sense out of nonsense
    March 25, 2019

    You divided yourselves when you choose to go against the entire world to support a crooked and corrupt regime simply because you’re receiving oil and oil money. People never forget that these three named caribbean countries (Dominica, St. Vincent and Antigua) are on record in the US senate as caribbean countries who are considered as compromised due to the conflict of interest with their support of Maduro and the fact that they receive oil and oil money.

  14. Bob Denis
    March 25, 2019

    Yes, very troubling. haven’t we been there before ? Grenada is not too far back , and the Caribbean players are almost the same . To them , it is what they can get in terms of development for their impoverished countries , in Dominica’ case then , Ms Charles had nothing to show for her exploits , Jamaica under the JLP have always sided with the USA , We should never forget the perils Michael Manley went through during his era of Regime change in 79/80 . The JLP of Jamaica , was at the forefront of the West Indian federation breakup under Bustermante . Today Mr Hollness continues along the same path , supporting American Imperialism . Some Dominicans are not immune from this debacle .

    • Eazy
      March 26, 2019

      It’s people like you that forgot that the USA came to save all you backsides during Hurricane Maria but yet you dislike America. It’s people like you that forgot that Skerrit make his children in the Untied States instead of DA or Venezuela. It’s people like you that like to see poor people in both DA and Venezuela suffering while the greedy leaders live lavishly.

  15. Dan Tanner
    March 25, 2019

    Dominica isn’t ready for a Trump Tower or resort, not does it have enough money for our President Bone Spurs to make the effort to steal.

  16. Bwa-Banday
    March 25, 2019

    Gonsalves, if you have nothing to hide them why make it a concern of yours. Support Maduro all you want discretely or otherwise but just remember Mr. Trump carry a BIG STICK and does not hesitate to use it. Just ask Putin and Assad. Right now Maduro is in the cross-hairs so if I were you I would just take the spite and shut my gel.

  17. Ahab& Jezebel
    March 25, 2019

    But not all CARICOM members selling passports? Also, how many CARICOM countries told you it was wrong to trick Skerrit and take our international airport from us? I know what I would really like to say to you but DNO is operating in fear so I will not say anything

  18. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 25, 2019

    Ralph, it is not surprising that Donald Trump did not meet with the rest of you scoundrels.

    For whatever reason they invited Haiti and the Dominican Republic, only heaven knows since, all of the governments invited are from Black people country, which Trump classified and call “Shit-hole countries!”

    One wonders why the government of Trinidad was not invited, nor Barbados.

    Nevertheless, the United States might have simple ignored the likes of you Ralph Gonzales, and your corrupted friend  Roosevelt Skerrit. The fact is I must agree that Jamaica Haiti and  are not a true representation of the Caribbean community! 

    I am elated that  you Gonzales, and least of all the double doctor the Punjab/Duquesne graduate was denied an audience with Trump!

    You Gonzales and Roosevelt are notorious liars, if both of you met with Trump, it would be a competition to see which of three could lie the most.

    I suspect it would be a three way…

    • ???????????
      March 26, 2019

      You Gonzales and Roosevelt are notorious liars, if both of you met with Trump, it would be a competition to see which of three could lie the most.

      Francisco tangible proof to prove your above statement.

      Strange but true – When last were you in Dominica? When last did u have a conversation with the PM in Dominica? I will also include Gonzales too in the when? I do hope you are not calling them names with no proof and on heresay? You seem to be so smart not to recognise that your words (repeating) with no proof cannot stand on its own. Remember it is not only you that is educated or wise. Many of us can think, see around us (we walking with opened eyes) what is happening here in Dominica. So please stop being disgruntled and be objective Francisco. Stop that hating every time you comment thing. Grow up Francisco, release forgive (I suspect the death of your relative) has traumatised you. Francisco Francisco

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        March 26, 2019

         I would have to question my sanity if I would decide to stupe to a level and dignify your stupidity!

        If you a nobody with no name denies that Trump and Roosevelt are notorious liars then you are fit to be incarcerated for the rest of your natural life!

         I live in America, where anything people like Donald Trump say are fact checked as he speaks.

        To date they found Trump to have told more than three (3,000) thousand lies in public in broad daylight, so you can remain  in Dominica in your dark backwardness and ask me for proof.

        As for proving Roosevelt is a damn liar, he lied to me personally in communication via E-mail, so you need to shut!up!

        You want proof of Gonzales lies, ……………..you would not have believed him when Roosevelt brought  him to lie convincing you that we don’t need International Airport; he left you ignorant, went home and build one in St. Vincent.

        ………..

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    • colombo thomas
      March 26, 2019

      You calling progressive thinking political leaders liars. You are pathetic and appears to be an ignaromus miscreants…Everything is not about your foolish politilical diatribe. Mr. Gonzales is absolutely correct.This is the same underhanding tactics our slavemaster uses to enslave us.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        March 26, 2019

        Guy if you are referring to me; let me  prove that you are the most sorrowful: “Pathetic” ignorant  person walking up side down without a clue of what you are talking about! 

        You are ignorant if you count Ralph and Roosevelt progressive leaders; if you were not a fool, you would take a look at the rest of the Caribbean, from an economical point of view.

        What you will find is that Dominica and St. Vincent are on the same backward level where poverty plagues both nations. 

         After 18 years of Roosevelt Skerrit each day Dominica goes faster in reverse!

         If Roosevelt had progress on his agenda he would not have brought the same progressive Gonzales  to fool a true diatribes like you into believing that Dominica has no need for an International Airport; idiots like you  believed him. 

        Nevertheless, St. Vincent has Argyle International: Dominica has Douglas-Charles, is that progress?

        Illegal  drugs is St. Vincent main industry, the sale of Dominica passports is…

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        March 26, 2019

        You know the less educated Dominicans like to play with words, as if to say that makes them important,or something special.

        I am not impressed, because if I need to be grammatical I can speak to you that bit of nothing in Cambridge English which you will have difficulties understanding.

        When education was sharing I did not get it for free, I paid my way through college and university you see; so put that in your crack cocaine pipe and smoke it.

        Note:

        History of diatribe: That sense of the word, however, is now archaic; you don’t typically find it in modern contexts.

        When diatribe is used today, the connotation is quite different. The word most often refers to a bitter or abusive speech or piece of writing.

        So, if you are trying to impress someone it is not “I!”

        I am academically educated as they come; I did not get mine on a smart phone, or in a computer cafe.

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  19. Willeb
    March 25, 2019

    And you did us mischief by stealing our international airport. How sad 😪

  20. UKDominican
    March 25, 2019

    There is no Caricom government, like exists for the E.U., which can establish legally binding rulings for it’s members, which are sovereign states. They make this obviously clear as the low membership of the CCJ demonstrates. Roosevelt Skerrit did not consult Caricom when he signed his agreement with China. Indeed, to this day he has not even informed his citizens as to its contents. It is a bit rich for those Caricom members, who oppose the U.S.A. regional policy, in support of Maduro, to unilaterally boycot a meeting with Venezuela’s alerternative President. Nothing is said in this instance about a united Caricom front. Not a word from Gonsalves on this!
    I do not support Donald Trump but the likes of Gonsalves cry woolf too much and only support Caricom when it suits them. There is no unity here, with their respective leaders trying to outdo their supposed partners.

    • Colombo Thomas
      March 28, 2019

      You are showing your true colors an empty vessel…most educated people don’t boast about themselves and resort to name calling. I have concluded that you’re a Big Jack Donkey.

  21. My little take
    March 25, 2019

    So when Skerrit met with Russia / Russian spies in Russia last year and said he was going to build a bridge nonsense, that was not troubling?

  22. Channel 1
    March 25, 2019

    Yeah it is troubling for those with Marxist-Leninist oriented plans for the region.

    • 6 or half-dozen
      March 26, 2019

      How about those with Kuklux / white suprmacist plans for the region?

    • Mike Christie
      March 26, 2019

      Ralph is a Russian- Chinese tool , which is well known, he can’t be trusted

      • colombo thomas
        March 26, 2019

        Mike…Do you know which Caribbean islands do not recognize the Chinese one state policy? Stop sprouting ignorance with your political nonsense.

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      • Pipo
        March 26, 2019

        Well Colombo, St. Lucia stir sticking with Taiwan if I’m correct. Personally I think we must respect people’s choices but meantime St. Lucia doing better than us.

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        March 26, 2019

        Mike tell that guy to take a hike!

        Roosevelt Skerrit is the only so called prime minister in the Caribbean, or the world for that matter who recognized this so called one china policy!

        Roosevelt boast that himself about five years ago!

        He said “Dominica is the only one in the Caribbean which recognized the one China policy.

        “Roosevelt dose not know what the one China policy entails; I posted a brief on that on DNO last week or last month!

        If this clown who challenge you Mike for answers believe the world and the rest of the Caribbean recognizes China and Roosevelt crap.

        Tell the crap to present a list of all the nations he/she knows believe in the one China crap!

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    • Eazy
      March 26, 2019

      Doctor the poverty situation in Venezuela is troubling u fool

      • Colombo Thomas
        March 28, 2019

        Wow….you’re more miseducated than I thought..sir, most Caribbean country recognize the one China Policy. You must read some more before you Blah…. Blah… An empty vessel make the most noise… Only fools boast about themselves.

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  23. Ibo France
    March 25, 2019

    This meeting will accomplish little or nothing. Its sole intention is to divide the Caribbean togetherness against the American regime change policy on Venezuela. The heads who took the bait should hang their heads in eternal shame. These so called leaders are quick to cuddle under a man who has referred to their countries as latrines. The leaders, and I use that word loosely, who attended that meeting, are an abominable embarrassment to the entire Caribbean.e

    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      March 26, 2019

      @Ibo France, you seem to be focussing on the USA in the Venezuela saga. Do you know that Canada, Britain, Spain, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru all support Guido as interim President of Venezuela? The list keeps growing.

      • Ibo France
        March 27, 2019

        Jonathan, because most of these Western Hemispheric countries choose to support America’s misguided foreign policy of regime change in Venezuela, is that the right yardstick to use for support? Most countries in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia Central and South America, in fact, most countries throughout the world are adamantly at odds with this specific policy. The US has done a lot of good things throughout the world but they have also done many reprehensible things also. For any foreign country to overthrow a sovereign government and install a government of its choice is just wrong.

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  24. Zandoli
    March 25, 2019

    As a people, we have never been united. We talk about unity, but it is all talk. If we were truly United, we would be able to traverse the Caribbean and live and work anywhere freely. Jamaicans would not be harassed in Trinidad and Guyanese would not be harassed in Barbados.

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