The former leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement, Therold Prudent, has expressed concern over a meeting Friday between United States President, Donald Trump, and Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.
Trump has invited Chastanet and the leaders of the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica to his Florida resort to discuss Chinese “predatory economic practices” and the crisis in Venezuela.
Also to be discussed is security cooperation and potential opportunities for energy investment, the White House said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Therold Prudent told St Lucia Times that Chastanet’s invitation to meet Trump came as no surprise.
He said the Saint Lucia PM has shown preference in the past for right wing ideologies.
“Whereas the rest of the world is looking at Mr. Trump with eyes of disgust, Mr. Chastanet seems to be one of those leaders who idolise Donald Trump in a lot of ways,” Prudent declared.
“I am not surprised that preference was given to persons like him to attend that meeting,” the former LPM leader told St Lucia Times.
He said he hopes Chastanet would be accompanied to the meeting by someone with a ‘level head’ who is acquainted with international diplomacy and international law, since he does not trust the Saint Lucia Prime Minister’s foreign policy decisions.
Prudent also expressed the hope that the Saint Lucia Prime Minister would not voice support for a regime change in Venezuela.
As far as he was concerned, Saint Lucia should have no part of any US plan for military intervention in Venezuela.
Prudent declared that Donald Trump does not want independent minded people at his meeting but ‘stooges’.
“Mr. Chastanet has proved and continues to prove that he is a stooge of the American government,” he stated.
Prudent expressed doubts that Chastanet would stand up to the U.S President if Trump wants support for a particular cause or policy.
The Trump administration openly and strongly supports Venezuela’s Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó in the on-going crisis in the South American country, where President Nicolas Maduro was sworn into office for a second consecutive term earlier this year.