Daniel Ortega willing to talk to Donald Trump

September 14, 2018

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said he’s willing to talk to U.S. President Donald Trump to address the crisis in Nicaragua, even though he condemns a US “military intervention.”

“I’ve said I’m willing to talk to him,” Daniel Ortega said in an interview with the French news network France 24.

“The beginning of the exchange, of a dialogue with a power like the United States […] is something necessary and indispensable,” Ortega said.

Ortega added that he’d like to go to the United Nations General Assembly at the end of September.

The Nicaraguan president nonetheless accused the United States of being behind the protests opposing his government that started in April.

“Basically we’re under threat,” from the United States Ortega said. “You can’t put anything past the United States, even military intervention.”

During the 80s, the revolutionary Sandinista government that came to power after toppling Anastasio Somoza’s dictatorship had to face the Contras, a right-wing guerrilla group financed by the United States. The Contras were initially trained and supported by the Argentine military dictatorship.

Now “there are armed groups […] trained by the United States,” Ortega insisted.

Protests against Ortega started in mid-April and spread throughout the country in response to government repression. Protests started over social security reforms but evolved into demands that Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, step down.

More than 320 people have been killed and over 2,000 have been injured. Thousands of Nicaraguans have also fled to Costa Rica out of fear of being arrested.

You may be interested

Off the eaten path: Cantina X
Dining and Nightlife
1325 views
Dining and Nightlife
1325 views

Off the eaten path: Cantina X

William Ayre - September 21, 2018

You’ll find one of the best chifrijos in the country at the base of a mountain near Salitral in Santa…

Costa Rica eyeing four candidates to lead La Sele
La Sele
1403 views
La Sele
1403 views

Costa Rica eyeing four candidates to lead La Sele

AFP and The Tico Times - September 20, 2018

Costa Rica is looking at four potential candidates to fill the position of head coach of the national team amid…

How to vote in the 2018 midterm elections from Costa Rica
Politics
2106 views2
Politics
2106 views2

How to vote in the 2018 midterm elections from Costa Rica

The Tico Times - September 20, 2018

The 2018 midterm elections in the United States are right around the corner. Hundreds of state and congressional seats are…