WASHINGTON: “What corruption did they commit so heinous worthy of destroying their lives and that of their families?”
This was the key question posed by United States Senator, Rollan A. Roberts, II, a Republican from West Virginia, who is also a Presidential candidate in the 2024 American Presidential elections, when he commented on the United States government’s latest travel restrictions imposed on some key Liberian government officials including Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel D. Tweah Jr.; Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Tamba Koijee; Senate President -Pro-Tempore, Albert Tugbe Chie; and Margibi County Senator, Emmanuel Nuquah.
In a formal statement posted on his Facebook page, Senator Roberts indicated that “the Liberian Finance Minister favored the Liberian company, ArcelorMittal Limited (AML), for national contract over an American company, High Power Exploration (HPX), from using the rail in Liberia to move their products to Guinea.”
Senator Roberts: “So because, the Liberian Finance Minister favored a Liberian enterprise, we must ruin their lives and make an example out of them for future governments to do what we say, and award contracts to whom we say, and bow to the whims and wishes of the foreign power whether it is in your nation’s best interest or not.
The American Presidential candidate added: “While the message was sent, I can assure you it was not well received by Liberians in or out of Liberia.”
He disclosed that the situation was brought to his office by an angry Liberian-American who holds dual citizenship.
“My office was contacted by angry Liberian-Americans that hold dual citizenship ready to denounce their hard-earned U.S. citizenship over the blatant corruption and greed displayed by these unwarranted sanctions they are embarrassed to be Americans on this day,” Senator Roberts pointed out on his Facebook page.
“As I have said before, in today’s world, sanctions are not an effective tool. The U.S. dollars does not have the power it once had, and the growth and dependence on other currencies and alliances (BRICS), further demean and erode the effectiveness of the sanctions. It simply drives business, finance, trade, goodwill, and social capital away from the United States,” he said.
According to the American Presidential candidate, “There is no perfect country. There is no country where corruption does not exist. What makes America different is that she is the world leader and has been held up as the gold standard, the Christian nation, the beacon of hope and a better tomorrow for the rest of the World.”
“But American corruption is no longer a single random act; rather, it is engrained into the administrative state’s protocol as a matter of standard procedure,” he declared.
“As president, I will favor spending American taxpayer dollars with American companies over foreign companies. I will favor investing in U.S. enterprises with all things being equal. And I expect every President of every nation to act in THEIR countries best interest and firmly believe it is EVIL to expect another country to act against its best interest.
That is doing wrong by the people. America has grown accustomed to our own leaders not acting in the best interest of our citizens that it seems insignificant to require other national leaders to do the same,” Presidential candidate Roberts further asserted.
Senator Roberts: “America’s systematic, institutional, abusive corruption continues this time with the targeting of the struggling African nation of Liberia. Just last week, the United States sanctioned several Liberian officials, one of whom was Liberia’s Finance Minister, Samuel Tweah.
The sanctions against the individuals include a lifetime ban for them and all family members of traveling to the United States and a lifetime ban on using the U.S. (global) financial banking system.
America has grown accustomed to our own leaders not acting in the best interest of our citizens that it seems insignificant to require other national leaders to do the same. The difference is they are more honest about their corruption than America is. Ours is the worst kind. Ours is a self-righteous corruption,” he declared.
Candidate Roberts added: “I will end American corruption every place I find it as President. Many of the sanctions we have currently imposed, I will immediately lift from individuals and nations around the world as president.
“We must start doing right as a nation again. We have committed some of the greatest crimes against humanity and acts of corruption in the name of world order, control, and dominance this world has ever known,” he further wrote.
“This wielding of power and thinking is antiquated and ineffective, and the United States needs a President and leadership that understands this. We do not need arrogant, cocky politicians showing how tough they are when they are too old to tie their own shoes or fasten their own diaper. We need strong, humble, wise, gracious leaders made of steel that govern in the fear of God in the best interest of the people and nation he’s given us authority over,” he asserted.
He strongly condemned the latest travel restriction on some Liberian officials by the United States government for significant corruption.