SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (LifeSiteNews) – El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has shot back at the Biden administration amidst allegations of collaborating with powerful Salvadoran street gangs.
Bukele has an international reputation with advocates of crypto-currency, pro-lifers, and supporters of traditional marriage. He has ruled out legalizing same-sex “marriage” and abortion in his country, much to the chagrin of activists who want the Central American nation to take a more secularist turn.
In September Bitcoin was made legal tender in the country, which threatened the long-standing dominance of the American dollar. Bukele has also been a vocal critic of American interventionism in Latin America. Two days ago, he tweeted a video criticizing U.S. interventionism with the caption: “It is clear that the interests of the United States Government have NOTHING TO DO with democracy, in ANY COUNTRY.”
Esta claro que los intereses del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos no tienen NADA QUE VER con la democracia, en NINGÚN PAÍS.
Da risa que haya personas que piensen que es así. pic.twitter.com/s20taS3mVI
— Nayib Bukele 🇸🇻 (@nayibbukele) December 9, 2021
The U.S. Department of the Treasury claims that the growing use of crypto assets challenges the efficacy of American sanctions and influence over smaller nations like El Salvador, Bitcoin.com reported.
“We are mindful of the risk that, if left unchecked, these digital assets and payments systems could harm the efficacy of our sanctions,” the Treasury Department explained.
Under Bukele’s leadership, the homicide rate in El Salvador has plummeted. The U.S. government alleged Bukele’s government negotiated peace amongst rival gangs with financial benefits, prostitutes, and cellphones for their imprisoned leaders.
In response to the allegations made by the U.S. government, Bukele took to Twitter – where he has millions of followers – to respond, saying: “Cell phones and prostitutes in prisons? Money to gangs? When [did] I pass that? Didn’t you check the date? How can they put such an obvious lie without anyone questioning it? There are videos yes, but of his friends doing that. Not us. They don’t even hide anymore.”
¿Celulares y prostitutas en las cárceles?
¿Dinero a las pandillas?
¿Cuándo pasó eso?
¿No revisaron ni la fecha?
¿Cómo pueden poner una mentira tan obvia sin que nadie se las cuestione?
Hay videos sí, pero de sus amigos haciendo eso. No nosotros.
Ya ni disimulan.
— Nayib Bukele 🇸🇻 (@nayibbukele) December 8, 2021
Among other things, Bukele accused former U.S. ambassador Jean Manes of trying to meddle in criminal affairs in El Salvador. This led Ambassador Brian A. Nichols, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State to tweet: “We condemn @nayibbukele’s false accusations against @POTUS and other U.S. government officials, including Ambassador Manes and current Charge d’Affaires Brendan O’Brien.”
Right away, Bukele produced screenshots of text messages between himself and Manes, when she operated in El Salvador.
Is it false that Jean Manes asked me to release Neto Muyshondt (captured in video giving tens of thousands of US dollars to gang members)?
Do you want me to continue? https://t.co/KIy3Ix1zVH pic.twitter.com/BUB76MO68o
— Nayib Bukele 🇸🇻 (@nayibbukele) December 9, 2021
The messages show Ambassador Manes trying to urge Bukele to release former San Salvador mayor Ernesto Muyshondt into house arrest throughout an investigation into suspicions of electoral fraud and illegal negotiations with gangs.
Bukele explained called the magistrate in the region “corrupt” and worried that the former mayor would flee if put on house-arrest, without sufficient measures in place to ensure otherwise.
The Biden Administration has incredibly given permission to U.S. embassies to fly the Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag alongside the American flag for the rest of the year.
This order is an outrageous and insulting affront to American identity and sovereignty, and must be rescinded immediately!
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According to a leaked memo, quoted below and published by Human Events News on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged embassies to push Black Lives Matter messaging and authorized them to "hang BLM flags" "for calendar year 2021."
"As outlined below, Chiefs of Mission may decide to hang BLM flags, as appropriate and depending on local context. This cable constitutes a blanket written authorization for calendar year 2021 from the Under Secretary for Management (M) to display the BLM flag on the external-facing flagpole to any Chiefs of Mission."
"The Department supports the use of the term ‘Black Lives Matter’ in messaging content, speeches, and other diplomatic engagements with foreign audiences to advance racial equity and access to justice on May 25 and beyond. We encourage posts to focus on the need to eliminate systemic racism and its continued impact."
Of course, eliminating racism is a positive thing, but NOT by promoting the Black Lives Matter organization or movement which have been linked to the following radical actions and ideas:
- Violent protests and the general destabilization of our society
- Defunding of our police departments
- The overthrow of the nuclear family
- Perpetual marxist revolution
Only a miniscule proportion of the American population supports the radical ideology and actions of the BLM organization and movement. In fact, polling shows that a strong majority of Americans believe that "All Lives Matter," rather than just the lives of just one race of Americans.
The Biden Administration's promotion of this Leftist symbolism and ideology is both dangerous and deliberately misleading.
And, it is the worst kind of virtue signaling, as the message being sent to the rest of the world is: "Get on board with the radical, marxist and revolutionary ideology of the BLM organization and movement if you want a favorable response from the United States government."
This kind of cultural imperialism and coercion is downright insulting to our allies and partners abroad.
But, it also demonstrates how the current U.S. administration is beholden to the radical leftist element of the Democratic Party -- which is downright insulting to most average Americans.
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Then, please CONTACT the Department of State by email or by telephone, to politely, but firmly, demand that only the U.S. flag, and not the BLM flag, be flown at U.S. diplomatic installations.
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The Twitter dust-up took place during President Joe Biden’s democracy summit, to which El Salvador was not invited to send representation.
The U.S. State Department applied sanctions against Osiris Luna and Carlos Marroquin, two El Salvador officials. Bukele called the accusations “absurd.”