Former Ecuador President Correa Calls Trump “Stupid” and Brazil President Temer a “Traitor”

By: Karina Martín - Jun 26, 2017, 11:37 am
“We do not consider ourselves an example of anything, but hopefully the Ecuadorian experience can be useful for (other things),” Correa said. (Twitter)

EspañolFormer President of Ecuador Rafael Correa had some harsh words for the leaders of the United States and Brazil this weekend.

Correa, who only left office this year, described President Donald Trump as “stupid” and Brazil’s Michel Temer as a “traitor.”

He said Trump had “beaten the record for stupidity” with his plan to build a wall along the country’s border with Mexico — a campaign promise that is intended to quell illegal immigration — as well as his decision to reverse Obama-era policies that opened relations with Cuba, among other things.

“As if immigration could be avoided with a wall!” Correa said during an interview in Montevideo, Uruguay. “Immigration is stopped with prosperity, with peace, etc. But he wants to build a wall and for Mexicans to pay for it, such arrogance.”

For Correa, Trump “went backward on everything that had moved forward” with policies toward Cuba, and called his withdraw from The Paris Climate Accord an “extremely serious thing.”


Correa said Trump should be following China’s example. The country is driving globalization while the United States continues to promote protectionism.

Correa also attacked Brazilian President Temer, calling the government he’s running a “failure.”

“What a guy,” Correa said. “In two years of power, he is condemning future generations to shame, blatant treachery.”

Temer has found himself mired in controversy of late. A recording of him was leaked several months ago, in which he can be heard negotiating the logistics of a bribe of a former official.

Sources: La RepúblicaEl Universal.

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Illegal Immigrants in Mexico Are Now Using Uber to Cross Border Points Undetected

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jun 26, 2017, 10:56 am

EspañolUber may be assisting in illegal immigration, some Mexican officials claim. Arnulfo Leon Campos of Mexico's National Institute of Migration said that transporters of undocumented immigrants are using the private ride-sharing service to cross border points without being detected. "Traffickers of people going to the United States diversify their operations and now use private vehicle services like Uber to transport undocumented people," he said. Read More: “El Chapo” Guzman Sues Netflix, Univision over Use of His Image Read More: Russia Sides with Cuban Dictatorship, Calls Trump’s Policy Reversal “Cold War Rhetoric” The statements were made last week after four Uber cars were stopped in the state of Zacatecas on their way to Durango. Cases like these have become more common, officials said, as it becomes increasingly complicated for transporters to navigate or circumvent tightening immigration regulations. Campos also said that only one person has been detained so far for transporting undocumented immigrants. The driver was sentenced to a five-year prison sentence. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Campos explained that the service is also used to transport minors illegally. Recently, drivers have been arrested transporting minors between the ages of four and 16. This trafficking network of undocumented immigrants, according to Campos, begins in South America, where they also hire taxi and Uber drivers. Sources: López Dóriga Digital, Milenio

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