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.
It’s official—the Prime Minister’s televised presentations on Sunday and Monday have kickstarted the ruling PNM’s political campaign for the three elections ahead, starting with Local Government polls expected by year end.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert confirmed this on CNC3’s Morning Brew while referring to Prime Minister Keith Rowley’s addresses.
He emphasised it was not a campaign launch in the sense of a “rally” but, “the fact is, this is an election year”.
"Fellow citizens, as we bring down the curtains on 2018 and welcome the New Year, 2019, this is an opportune time to engage in some quiet reflection on the year that has passed and also cast our minds forward to prepare ourselves for the year ahead.
In so doing, it is imperative that we thank God for bringing us through to this point.
As a God-fearing nation, we humbly count our blessings, which are indeed numerous.
Chief among these blessings is the strength and resilience of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the country has been “grappling with serious social, economic and other challenges.”
In his Christmas message to the nation yesterday, the Prime Minister said the recent historic flooding is one example which quickly comes to mind.
He said, “In this instance, however, we experienced an outpouring of love, charity and togetherness as many of you came to the aid of those adversely affected, whether or not you knew them.”