Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, Minister with Responsibility for External Affairs, has said that the Saint Lucia government has no immediate immigration concerns following the Donald Trump victory in the United States Presidential elections.
“Immediately no – we have not seen any change in the policy regarding Saint Lucia and it would be premature to speculate or even talk about it,” she told reporters.
Sarah Flood-Beaubrun explained that there are some things about US foreign policy that will not change.
But at the same time she observed that some things do change with a new administration.
The Minister said that with the Republicans controlling both the Senate and the House there may be changes.
However Flood-Beaubrun said it was too early to speculate.
“It’s a question of wait and see and evaluate things as we go along, but whatever it is we expect to continue to have strong relations with the United States,”she stated.
The Minister asserted that the outcome of the elections in the United States had stunned many people, demonstrating that elections are won on election day.
“We can’t take anything for granted,” Flood-Beaubrun told reporters.
She expressed the view that Hillary Clinton gave a good account of herself and put up a good fight.
Flood-Beaubrun congratulated the President elect, Donald Trump.
She said Saint Lucia looks forward to working with the new US administration.
“It would certainly be interesting to see how that would affect immigration policy, foreign policy – we know President Trump has very strong views on immigration matters and he has articulated his vision very clearly,” the Minister stated.
She said what happened in the US is ‘kind of’ what happened in the UK with Brexit.
According to Flood-Beaubrun, people are very clear that they do not want the status quo to remain.
“They want to see decisive action and clear political direction in terms of moving their countries forward,” she observed.