“What would the US say” if I did?

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele criticized the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raid on former US President Donald Trump’s personal residence at Mar-A-Lago on Monday in a statement posted by Bukele’s official Twitter account, Spanish news agency Agencia EFE reported.

“What would the US government say if OUR police raided the house of one of the main possible candidates for OUR 2024 presidential election?” Buccle wrote on August 8.

The Salvadoran president asked the question in a caption that accompanied an article he posted about the FBI raid on Mar-A-Lago, Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, residence that day.

Former President Trump confirmed the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago in a statement issued on August 8. Trump said his home is “currently under siege, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.”

He added that “Nothing like this has ever happened to a president of the United States before.”

Two people reportedly familiar with the matter told Politico on Monday that the FBI conducted the raid as “part of an investigation into the alleged mishandling of White House documents, including potentially classified material.”

“The Florida raid, which one of the people said took ‘hours’, resulted in the seizure of paper documents, according to a person familiar with the development, who also noted that Trump lawyer Christina Bobb was present during the search,” the outlet wrote.

“It was a historic step [U.S.] The Department of Justice and the FBI are to investigate the residence of a former president […] No former president — especially one openly considering another bid for the Oval Office — has faced such a public law enforcement action,” noted Politico.

Bukele’s administration (2019-present) maintained friendly diplomatic relations with Trump during his presidency (2017-2021), Agencia EFE recalled on Monday, writing:

The government of President Bukele was close to the administration of former President Trump, and the Salvadoran president maintained a close relationship with his ambassador – at the time – to the Salvadoran territory, Ronald Johnson.

However, El Salvador’s relationship with the United States changed with the arrival of President Joe Biden and is currently tense due to some decisions made by Bukele that have been criticized by the Biden administration.

The news agency cited an alleged “pattern of envy” against Bukele from the Biden administration and US Democrats over the past two years, according to the Associated Press (AP).

The AP quoted two unidentified aides to Bukele on April 8, 2021, who alleged that he was upset by US State Department spokesman Ned Price’s comments on April 5, 2021, that Washington “see[s] forward to President Bukele to restore strong separation of powers where they have been eroded and demonstrate his government’s commitment to transparency and accountability to the people of El Salvador [sic].”

“Price’s comments followed a spat between Bukele and one of his fiercest US critics, Rep. Norma Torres, a Democrat who co-chairs the Congressional Central America Caucus,” the AP noted at the time.

The news agency detailed the disagreement, writing:

In a series of tweets last week, Torres accused Bukele of behaving like a “narcissistic dictator” indifferent to the plight of Central American migrants who take great risks to reach the U.S.

She attached a photograph circulated in 2019 showing the bodies of a Salvadoran migrant and his daughter lying lifeless in the Rio Grande on the Texas border. […]

Bukele pointed out that he was not even in office at the time of the deaths, which came during an earlier surge in Central American migration under the Trump administration. He urged Salvadorans and other immigrants living in Torres’ Southern California district to vote her out of office.

Bukele, 41, has served as president of El Salvador since June 2019. The AP described him in April 2021 as “by far the most popular politician in Central America, a region plagued by corruption and crime.”

U.S. State Department spokesman Price criticized Bukele’s administration on April 10, 2021, when he said Washington was “concerned” about El Salvador’s legislature’s “passage and implementation of the amendment to the penal code on April 5 […] criminalization of reporting on certain gang activities.”

“We continue to support El Salvador in its efforts to reduce the proliferation of gangs,” Price said at the time. Bukele responded to this comment in a statement shared by his Twitter account on April 11, 2021, that read:

“The US government continues to support El Salvador to reduce the spread of gangs.” Really?

Yes, we got support from the US government to fight crime, but that was UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.

You just support the gangs and their “civil liberties” now.

The US State Department released a list on May 17, 2021, labeling 17 Central American politicians, including current and former members of Bukele’s administration, as “corrupt”. The move apparently prompted El Salvador’s congress to ratify a 2019 cooperation agreement with China — one of Washington’s top enemies — the next day. El Salvador’s Congress ratified an economic cooperation agreement with Beijing on May 18, 2021, which was originally signed in 2019. The agreement called for the Chinese government to invest $62 million in various infrastructure projects across El Salvador, including a water treatment plant.

Buccle and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro both made public statements in support of American podcaster Joe Rogan on February 2. The two executives expressed hope that Rogan would continue to fight for “freedom of the press” and “freedom of speech” in America, respectively, amid increased scrutiny of his podcasts from establishment media.

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