US VOTE A BIG DEAL FOR JA Demo­crat, Repub­li­can de­clare mas­sive ben­e­fits at stake in pres­i­den­tial elec­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Livern Bar­rett Se­nior Gleaner Writer

AFORMER White House ex­ec­u­tive has sug­gested that Ja­maicans en­cour­age rel­a­tives liv­ing in the United States (US) to cast their bal­lots for Hil­lary Clin­ton to win next month’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, hint­ing that this could bring a huge eco­nomic wind­fall for Ja­maica.

Point­ing out that Amer­i­can com­pa­nies are al­ready pump­ing more than US$1 bil­lion of di­rect in­vest­ment into the Ja­maican econ­omy, Moises Vela, for­mer di­rec­tor of man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion for US Vice-Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den, promised that this would con­tinue un­der a Clin­ton pres­i­dency.

“The way we do that is we en­cour­age [the Amer­i­can] pri­vate sec­tor to in­vest in coun­tries like Ja­maica and the Caribbean basin. So you gonna see that,” Vela told a Gleaner Ed­i­tors’ Fo­rum at the news­pa­per’s down­town Kingston of­fices yes­ter­day. “Here’s why Ja­maicans should be hop­ing that she wins. She un­der­stands the im­por­tance of re­la­tion­ships with our al­lies around the world, in­clud­ing Ja­maica,” he in­sisted. Vela added: “She un­der­stands that it’s im­por­tant that, as an as­pect of those friend­ships with coun­tries like Ja­maica, that we lift them up and that we raise them up, and that we do what we can as a na­tion to not do it for them, but to help our friends help them­selves,” he con­tin­ued. The US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion is set for Novem­ber 8 and Vela pre­dicted that Clin­ton would eas­ily de­feat her Repub­li­can chal­lenger Don­ald Trump.

How­ever, Repub­li­can mem­ber of the Florida House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Wal­ter Bryan Hill, pre­dicted that Trump would win in a land­slide and sug­gested that the bil­lion­aire de­vel­oper has ar­tic­u­lated plans that would pro­vide even greater ben­e­fits to Ja­maica and the peo­ple of the re­gion.

As an ex­am­ple, Hill, a Trump sup­porter, said the bil­lion­aire de­vel­oper’s plan to rene­go­ti­ate a num­ber of key trade deals such as

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Wal­ter Bryan Hill (left), Repub­li­can mem­ber of the Florida House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, makes a point to Moises Vela, for­mer di­rec­tor of man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion for US VicePres­i­dent Joe Bi­den, dur­ing a Gleaner Ed­i­tors’ Fo­rum yes­ter­day. TRUMP UN­DER A CLIN­TON PRES­I­DENCY CLIN­TON

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