Mon | Nov 19, 2018

US-Ja still strong - Johnson Smith

Published:Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/ Gleaner Writer
Kamina Johnson Smith

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith is not expecting any changes to bilateral relations with the United States given the outcome of Tuesday's mid-term elections.

"Jamaica's relationship with the US has always been strong across administrations, and it continues so to be," said Johnson Smith, who extended congratulations on behalf of the Government to all those who were elected in the US mid-term elections.

Johnson Smith, who was speaking at the foreign ministry's quarterly press briefing on Wednesday, said that the Government was looking forward to continuing to work with the Americans in bilateral and multilateral fora on a range of issues of mutual concern from Diaspora matters to security and development cooperation.

 

Victory for Democrats

 

In arguably the most consequential mid-term elections in recent memory, the Democratic, Party won a comfortable majority in the American Congress. Although the exact seat count is yet to be finalised, the Democrats, who need 218 seats to wrest the speakership, are expected to end up with around 230 when the final tally is completed.

Their victory is expected to make it more difficult for US President Donald Trump to enact further conservative legislation during the second half of his term. It also sets the stage for a whirlwind of Congressional investigations into Trump's business dealings, his Cabinet's management of federal agencies, and alleged collusion between his presidential-campaign staff and Russian operatives.

At the same time, the Republican party is expected to expand its current 51-49 majority in the Senate.

syranno.baines@gleanerjm.com