Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley should not have ventured into a tit-for-tat situation with the United States.
So said former director of the University of the West Indies Institute of International Relations Prof Andy Knight in response to Rowley's attack last Friday on the US State Department for T&T's ranking in their 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report which placed the country at Tier 2.
Rowley accused the US of hypocrisy, given their own struggles with migrants.
A United National Congress (UNC) member has resurrected the three-year-old election petition and is now seeking to sue Chief Justice Ivor Archie for his role in the determination which cost him the seat back in 2015.
In a pre-action protocol letter yesterday, UNC senator and attorney Gerald Ramdeen represented Dr Shevanand Gopeesingh, who was the UNC candidate for San Fernando West and went up against Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he and the CARICOM delegation that went to the United Nations, are satisfied that the mission was successful, saying that it brought a number of people down from a heady position to one of review.
"We believe that as we look at the situation, the more level heads will come out and say there must be another way," Dr Rowley said at a news conference on his return to T&T Wednesday.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has sent a clear message on how he feels about US Ambassador Joseph Mondello making a public statement against Trinidad and Tobago's position on Venezuela.
"I take umbrage at the United States' ambassador in Trinidad and Tobago making a public statement criticising the actions of the government of Trinidad and Tobago while we take action in protection of the interests of the people of Trinidad and Tobago," Dr Rowley said in the Parliament Friday evening.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has described the Prime Minister's "Conversation with the Media" as a "convoluted diatribe" of blaming everyone, instead of putting forward measures for the country.
In her response to the prime minister's media event today, Persad-Bissessar said it appears that the prime minister has reached a state of meltdown and is incapable of leading the country.
Persad-Bissessar issued the following statement on Thursday.