O’Neil Grant, pres­i­dent, Ja­maica Civil Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion

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“From a trade union per­spec­tive in the Ja­maican con­text, we have seen a de­cline in the strate­gic im­por­tance of Ja­maica for US pol­i­tics. I don’t see us be­ing any worse off or bet­ter off un­der a Trump or Clin­ton pres­i­dency be­cause we no longer of­fer strate­gic im­por­tance to the United States, and this is even more so with the height­ened in­ter­est in Haiti and Cuba. The big­gest is­sue I think we might face is the height­ened scru­tiny we may get from a se­cu­rity stand­point be­cause of the im­pact that some of our ac­tiv­i­ties have been hav­ing on US cit­i­zens. I don’t think we mat­ter sig­nif­i­cantly to a Don­ald Trump in re­la­tion to any of the things he wants to do.

“We have al­ways been com­plain­ing about our por­ous ports and the im­pact that US arms are hav­ing on us, but I don’t see where they’re go­ing to put any sig­nif­i­cant pol­icy mea­sures in place to stem the flow of guns.”

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