President Trump and First Lady Melania Welcome Caribbean Leaders to Mar-a-Lago…

Earlier today President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed the leaders of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, the Republic of Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia to their Mar-a-Lago home.  The intent of the meeting was to reaffirm the U.S. strong friendship with and commitment to these countries, and signal the importance of the Caribbean to the hemisphere.

[Transcript] – Mar-a-Lago – Palm Beach, Florida – 2:23 P.M. EDT

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. We’re honored to be with some terrific people that have been friends of mine — in many cases, friends of mine. They’ve done a wonderful job in their respective countries.

And we’ll be talking about many subjects –- trade; we always talk about trade. But we’ll also be discussing, I have a feeling, Venezuela. That may come up in our conversation. It’s become a very big topic all over the world — Venezuela.

And we look forward to spending a lot of time together this afternoon and discussing ways that we can be beneficial to you and you can be beneficial to us. And we very much appreciate your being at Mar-a-Lago. It’s a great honor. Thank you very much. Thank you everybody.

If you’d like to say something to the media — maybe we’ll start with you.

PRIME MINISTER CHASTANET: First of all, I want to thank you very much for extending the invitation to Saint Lucia to participate. I want to thank you for the support and leadership that you’ve been providing in our region.

You know, the United States is our biggest trading partner.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right.

PRIME MINISTER CHASTANET: And we’d like to think of the amount of trade that also the U.S. benefits from in the Caribbean.

And so we’re very much looking forward to these discussions today and seeing how we can enhance the relationship to our mutual benefits.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Very good. Thank you.

Please.

PRESIDENT MOÏSE: (As interpreted.) Thank you, Mr. President, on behalf of Haiti. Haiti and the United States are two countries that are not only friends, but very close. I am a friend, and Miami is actually less than two hours away from our islands. And we are here this afternoon; we’ll have discussions of good things — things that will be positive for both countries. Thank you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you.

PRESIDENT SÁNCHEZ: (As interpreted.) Thank you. Thank you all. Thank you, Mr. President, for your invitation. We thank you. The Dominican Republic and the United States of America are two important partners. In fact, the United States is our main economic partner, and we are here to discuss issues of the region and we are here to your avail to collaborate. Thank you.

PRIME MINISTER HOLNESS: Mr. President, thank you for the invitation. We look forward to discussions on energy, on trade, but on security as well. We look forward to discussing regional issues to do with the peace and stability of the region and how we can move forward with the prosperity of our people. So we thank you again for the invitation.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you. Thank you very much.

PRIME MINISTER MINNIS: Thank you very much, Mr. President. I’m delighted to have been invited here today to discuss certain issues that are of mutual benefit to both of us. The Bahamas — the United States have been our number-one trading partner. We are neighbors. We have great relationship. We will continue to foster such a relationship. I know that the meetings and the discussion today will be very productive, and we expect to come out with positive views and feelings. Thank you very much.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Yeah, I think that’ll happen. Thank you very much. We appreciate it, everybody. And we look forward to the discussion. Thank you.

Thank you all very much. Thank you.

END 2:27 P.M. EDT

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36 Responses to President Trump and First Lady Melania Welcome Caribbean Leaders to Mar-a-Lago…

  1. FLOTUS – she’s so beautiful!

    Liked by 20 people

  2. emet says:

    As long as we are talking with Haiti, how about implementing an extradition agreement? You know, the Hatians might, for example, want to extradite somebody who stole a lot of their money.

    Liked by 24 people

  3. Kimmy K says:

    We are so blessed!

    MAGA!

    TRUMP 2020!

    Liked by 8 people

  4. Sue Fowler says:

    Strong commitments? Hardly. Perhaps in contributions to their drug economies and supporting 3rd world cultures.
    To get the skinny on these countries, listen to a few missionary reports. We are talking more folks showing up for handouts whilst refusing to deal with their own economic, drug and justice concerns.

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  5. TreeClimber says:

    I hope I look a quarter as good as Melania when I’m her age.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Bubba Cow says:

      just flat broke down belly laughing with that one
      … too much
      She is gorgeous and I have also heard her speak several times recently – very bright – I’m glad she’s decided to be more public. It is absolutely mystifying that she isn’t plastered all over every magazine. Time to reverse engineer their advertisers.

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  6. sucesfuloser says:

    The way our First Lady dresses shows the power of couture to add comment to a situation. She adds to the conversation by subtly of what she wears; a very smart application; this woman dresses for the occasion. What she offers other first ladies will study. A picture can offer a thousand words, she quietly offers a picture for each situation. Brilliant.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Melania is a former proferssional model and she not only understands the power and significance of her apparel to a very high degree, she also is naturally beautiful and enhances anything she wears.

      IMO based on a few years of observation, older, and/or less “fit” first ladies cannot pull off the variety of dramatic styles, colors and bold prints that Melania can wear without any problem.

      Also. IMO, Michelle O. did not look nearly as stylish in much of the clothing she wore simply because she “overpowered” the apparel – she and her clothing too often lacked a balance of style, color and event-appropriateness. Neither my wife nor I could ever figure out what she was aiming for.

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      • GB, Michelle had to “be coached” on how to stand, dress, which fork to use and anything to do with decorum and class. Nothing classy comes natural to Michelle; she’s like an ogre with no grace. The world was shocked with the first picture of the family at the Whitehouse. The girls weren’t even dressed up. When I was young if was called “charm school”. Everything about our current beautiful FLOTUS shouts class, grace and charm.

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  7. Sassy says:

    Last photo: It’s probably the only guy FLOTUS shook hands with. The others have a major corruption problem. All but that guy seemed on the defensive. This won’t be a happy meeting for any of them.

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  8. No press there harassing the President?

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  9. geoffgo says:

    The guy on the left is HUGE! Given how tall POTUS is, this guy is enormous.

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    • GB Bari says:

      He is no doubt close to PDJT’s height but I detect some wide angle lens distortion that increasingly exaggerates the apparent size of the nearest subjects on the left side of the photo, making him appear a bit larger in comparison to subjects at the center of the photo (PDJT) than he actually is.
      (IMO)

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  10. Brant says:

    I trust Mar a Lago is swept constantly for listening devices. Also that places there have literal Faraday cages so talks can be made quite protected.

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  11. Pyrthroes says:

    Fancy digs… Melanie a knockout, as per usual.

    Of course this bears on Caracas’ murderous bus-driver, whose Chavista-socialist regime squats atop his ruinously degraded country like an infectiously venomous old toad.

    Whenever we see such PR shots, the thought of a MzBill administration raking in sub rosa oil-participations from Maduro Moro and Putin induces arterioschlerotic shakes.

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  12. konradwp1 says:

    So what’s he up to now?

    North Korea was easy. Japan pulled rocket parts from NK’s first failed long range launches from 6000m deep. Self destruct systems failed to destroy all evidence. Airframe not Chinese approved yet Chinese guidance components. China denies NK access to BeiDou satellite navigation system when this is revealed (40 mile ring of fire? Try 40 mile CEP without guidance). But the airframes were not Russian or Chinese copies. NK was trying to bypass Chinese controls.

    NK was obviously tired of being China’s “bulldog on a chain”. SRBM only? No ICBM? Then NK remains a Chinese vassal state. “Sod that!” they said.

    Trump is no fool. He sees the friction between China and NK, the nation they are exploiting. Trump offers NK a path to prosperity through peace and trade. What was he up to? Just peace? NO! He was stealing a market of 30 million consumers from a controlling external power that was just using them for military leverage!

    4D chess? No. Trump is still an old fashioned “House of stone / house of straw” negotiator. It’s just that no one guesses his house of stone or house of straw before it’s too late.

    China is flapping about still trying to get their NK bulldog to bark to minimise the damage from a $400 billion trade deficit correction that everyone knows needs to happen. Trump is trying to steal a market of 30 million consumers from their control, under the guise of “peace”.

    The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, The Republic of Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia? OK. So what’s he up to now?

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    • Beenthere says:

      “So what’s he up to now?”
      2 words: Venezuela, Cuba.

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      • konradwp1 says:

        You may be right about Venezuela.

        Trump froze the finances of the globalists in the US playing with Venezuelan Petro dollars. Soros is in a screaming rage at his loses (and screaming in pain after repeated wolverine bites to his sagging nads). China is trying to snap up the prize with offers of emergency assistance.

        But what if Trump gets to be the saviour of an oil rich nation destroyed by socialism? Hmmm …

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    • cozette says:

      Imo part of what Trump is up to is psychological warfare. Mueller has cleared him and now he is free to exact his revenge. His guests should terrify the global cabal of evil to which the Clintons belong. Trump is trolling them by meeting with the leader of Haiti and Santa Domingo, both deeply connected to child sex trafficking and the Clintons. And Santa Lucia is next to Epsteins Orgy Island where he kept child sex slaves to service the worlds elites. And much worse. Pure evil. Epstein and gang thought they got away with everything but a judge has recently been asked to make everything public. His decision is due soon. Those unsealed records would bring down alot of very evil and powerful people. Trump is renowned as the worlds greatest troll. Trolling is fun. And effective. Panicked demons are more likely to make mistakes. I wonder how many have legal FISC warrants allowing Trump to surveille everything? Trump has always loved his private spy networks so he must be in heaven now. Turn about is fair play.

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  13. snellvillebob says:

    Friday the Inter-American Development Bank’s canceled of a major 60th-anniversary conference in China because China refused to issue an invitation and visa to Ricardo Hausmann, a representative of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.
    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/03/big_loss_of_face_for_china_after_multilateral_cancels_big_anniversary_conference_in_chengdu_over_its_venezuela_stance.html

    This is a slap in the face of China and now President Trump is having discussions with Central and South American countries.

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  14. dayallaxeded says:

    If someone else has already commented about Puerto Rico not being there, apologize for redundancy. But another great FU troll move by VSGPDJT!

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