President Obama writes Hazel Manning offering condolences on Patrick Manning's death

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 20:00

US President Barack Obama has written to Hazel Manning expressing condolences on the death of her husband, former Prime Minister Patrick Manning.

The letter, dated July 11th, was uploaded to Patrick Manning's still-active Facebook page this morning.

It states,

"Dear Mrs Manning,

On behalf of the American people, I extend my deepest condolences on your husband's passing.

Prime Minister Manning was guided by his commitment to strengthening Trinidad and Tobago in our time and for generations to come. 

Through his service, he endeavoured to expand possibility in the lives of his fellow citizens and, in doing so, he helped change the life of this country.

His legacy will live on, and for his powerful example of leadership and solidarity - within Trinidad and Tobago and throughout Latin America - he will be forever remembered.

At this difficult time, please know Michelle and I are keeping you, Brian, and David in our thoughts."

The letter is signed by the President.

Prime Minister Manning was one of the first international leaders to host President Obama as the US President came to Trinidad and Tobago in April 2009, for the 5th Summit of the Americas, just three months after he took office.