US Senator Criticizes Sanctions on Liberians -Says Sanction Not Effective Tool

MONROVIA: The series of sanctions placed on some officials of government in recent time by the United States government may have attracted the discourse surrounding the 2024 presidential election in the United States when a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Republican Party, Senator Rollan Roberts has sharply critiqued the measures meted the officials and as The Analyst reports, Senator Roberts says  America’s systematic, institutional, abusive corruption continues this time with the targeting of the struggling African nation of Liberia.

The assertion of the American Senator which is the first of such kind for a high profile US official to openly condemn the status quo as a senior government official is coming at the time when controversies began to trail these sanctions Liberians seem to be powerless when such measures are placed on hard working citizens with no clear roadmap how to vacate said sanctions.

Senator Roberts who took to his official social media page said he was able to listen some Liberian-Americans who hold dual citizens and while expressing their anger said they were ready to renounce their hard-earned U.S. citizenship over the blatant corruption and greed displayed by these unwarranted sanctions, pointing out that “They are embarrassed to be Americans on this day.”

A one-time Vice Chair of the Senate Enrolled Bills Committee in the 2021–2022 session, Senator Rollan who also serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee and chair of the Senate Workforce Committee indicated that “ Just last week, the United States sanctioned several Liberian officials, one of whom was Liberia’s Finance Minister, Samuel Tweah.”

Senator Roberts criticized the sanctions against the individuals including 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.

”What corruption did they commit so heinously worthy of destroying their lives and that of their families? The Liberian Finance Minister favored the Liberian company, ArcelorMittal Limited (AML), for a national contract over an American company, High Power Exploration, Inc. (HPX), and prevented HPX from using the rail in Liberia to move their product to Guinea,” he said, even though AML is not an American owned company.

He said because Minister Samuel Tweah favored a Liberian enterprise over a foreign enterprise, “we must ruin their lives and make an example out of them for future governments to do what we say, 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.”

He said while the message was sent, “I can assure you it was not well received by Liberians in or out of Liberia.”

His office, the Senator noted, was contacted by angry Liberian-Americans that hold dual citizenship ready to renounce their hard-earned U.S. citizenship over the blatant corruption and greed displayed by these unwarranted sanctions, pointing out that “They are embarrassed to be Americans on this day.

“As I have said before, in today’s world, sanctions are not an effective tool. The U.S. dollar 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 sanctions. It simply drives business, finance, trade, goodwill, and social capital away from the United States,” he reasoned.

He maintained that there is no perfect country, reasoning further that there is no country where corruption does not exist.

“What makes America different is that she’s 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 ingrained into the Administrative State’s protocol as a matter of standard procedure,” Senator Roberts averred.

He said when elected President, he 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.”

He explained that to mean doing wrong by the people, adding that America has grown accustomed to her own leaders not acting in the best interest of their 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 said noting, “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.”

He emphasized that Americans must start doing right as a nation again, and must commit 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.

“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,” he pointed out.

He then concluded on the Liberian issue, “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,” adding, “Roberts is the Answer to the End of American Corruption.”

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