By Dana Malcolm
#USA, November 18, 2022 – Donald Trump is easing his foot back into the ring after two years out of office with the announcement that he is making a presidential bid for the White House in 2024.
How likely is it that the US will see Mr. Trump in the White House once more?
The former president first ran for office in 2000 unsuccessfully. He then ran for office in 2016 and won the presidency despite losing the popular vote. Since his loss in 2020 despite falsely claiming that the election had been stolen from him Trump has remained a significant player in Republican politics, choosing and endorsing candidates for the recent midterm elections and making cross country appearances.
Before midterms in October, Pew Research Center surveyed Republican voters and said “six-in-ten Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (60 per cent) say they feel warmly toward Trump, including 41 per cent who feel very warmly.” Back in April 2020 that was 79 percent. While the majority want him to stay in politics only about 40 per cent want to see him run for president.
In order to be elected president he will have to be voted as the Republican candidate in the party’s primaries which for the businessman may be a tougher job than in 2016. Despite remaining popular with his party and many voters, since his first successful bid where he led them to victory Trump has been impeached twice as president, a first in American history, and is still under investigation for his alleged involvement in the January 6 riots that brought hundreds of protesters to the US Capitol.
He also has a significant competitor in Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who, in a massive turnaround from the 2018 midterms where he barely scraped by, won his governorship back in the biggest victory for republicans in Florida for 20 years. The two men are already at odds not openly supporting each other and while American media houses begin to herald DeSantis as a major player for 2024 Trump has already warned him publicly not to enter the race lest he “hurt himself very badly”.
Both men have significant pockets of support in the Republican Party and will have to wait for republican primaries to see who will emerge victorious. The winner of those primaries will then go on to battle the democratic presidential candidate in 2024.
On Thursday, on the Democrats side, Nancy Pelosi resigned as House Speaker having served historically as the first female Speaker of the US House of Assembly. She will continue to serve in congress, said media reports.
New Look, New Tactics as TCI Border Force set to start October
#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – The Turks and Caicos Border Force will be up and running by next month according to Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services who gave a national update on the progress of the squad during a recent parliamentary meeting.
“We now have a date of October 30th, 2023 for the launch of the first phase,” he explained. The force has been described as ‘revolutionary by Anya Williams, Deputy Governor.
Musgrove was speaking in the House of Assembly on September 20th and revealed that this initial phase will incorporate the Customs and Border Protection agencies as well as the Intelligence and Corporate Units.
Musgrove explained that the Corporate Unit would serve as a sort of auditor for the Border Force and the Ministry.
“Our Corporate Unit will include our assurance functions that will audit our processes and our actions to ensure that we are upholding the mission, vision, and principles of our Border Force,” he said.
The minister is promising updated operating structures, agents with new skills and a new look with updated uniforms, all in an effort to tighten the country’s security at its very porous borders.
The Force is aiming to secure the TCI against human and drug trafficking (which in recent weeks have shown an alarming correlation), arms trafficking, poaching and more.
“Not only will we look different, but we will also work differently – and that is what is key,” the minister promised.
The Force will be under the control of Emilio Seymour who was appointed Director General back in April.
More security features, including the long-awaited container scanners for the country’s ports, are also on the Minister’s agenda.
CUBAN MIGRANTS DETAINED ALONG EXUMA CHAIN
Defence Headquarters 28 SEP ’23: HMBS P-45 under the command of Chief Petty Officer Acadia Smith detained a group of Cuban migrants in Cistern Cay, Exuma on September 27, 2023, due to information received from a Good Samaritan vessel in the area that handed them over to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
Members of HMBS P-45 retrieved twenty-eight (28) Cuban nationals and transported them to HMBS Coral Harbour in New Providence. All individuals appeared to be in good health and will undergo further processing and assessment by Immigration officials.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in guarding our heritage and appreciates the sharing of information and intelligence provided by the boating community to affect migrants and other unlawful interdictions at sea.
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Budget Boost, $437.6 Million for fiscal year as Supplementary tabled in Parliament
#TurksandCaicos, September 30, 2023 – The first Supplementary Appropriations Bill for the 2023/24 financial year will add $13.4 million to the National Budget, sweeping the record $424 million allotment to $437.6 million.
The bill was tabled in the House of Assembly by E Jay Sanders, Finance Minister on Tuesday September 26th and the bulk of the cash will go to recurrent expenditure which commands $12.8 million. Capital expenditure came in at just over $700,000.
That extra cash will help with several initiatives stated below:
- $4.2 million dollars will go to community development, including road improvement and more.
- $1.4 million dollars will be spent on a Community Centre in Bottle Creek and 450 thousand on the long-awaited refurbishment of the sports field in South Caicos.
- $1.4million dollars for consultancies,
- $1 million dollars will be sent to bolster the repatriation budget as the country experiences record migration.
- $1 million goes to Social Programs.
- InterHealth Canada will get another $1.8 million.
- The country’s Climate Resilience Coastal Protection Study will get a $500,000 injection.
- The software being built and consultancy being carried out to get the Turks and Caicos off the EU blacklist will cost $851,000.
- $2 million dollars is earmarked for the cleaning of government agencies.
Laid under the theme, Strengthening Resilience Enhancing Community Welfare through Strategic Investments and Sustainable Development, Saunders said this bill was created with the community in mind.
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