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June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar (FL-27) questioned Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the deteriorating humanitarian and political crisis in Nicaragua and requested a meeting with Secretary Blinken and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai to discuss Nicaragua's participation in free trade agreements with the United States.

Video of Salazar's remarks can be found HERE and text of Congresswoman Salazar's questioning on the crisis in Nicaragua can be found below.

"Secretary Blinken --

"We have a deeply troubling situation in Nicaragua and I commend you for caring about this topic.

"I serve hundreds of thousands in the Nicaraguan exile community.

"In Costa Rica, few days ago -- you met with Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Dennis Moncada and reinforced the importance of free and fair elections this November.

"I am DISGUSTED, and I’m sure you are too, by Daniel Ortega’s response to your advice

"Immediately, after your conversation -- the Ortega regime arrested two presidential candidates, Cristiana Chamorro y Arturo Cruz. 

"Cruz is in a military jail and Cristiana is under house arrest. Daniel is following Fidel and Chavez’s textbook on how to rig a Presidential Election. As you know, Nicaragua is part of a free trade agreement with the United States known as the DR-CAFTA.

"I have one question for you sir: Should this country-- have a “free trade” with dictators who rig elections and jail his political opponents?"

The House Foreign Affairs Committee recently released a bipartisan statement along with Congresswoman Salazar urging the Biden Administration to take swift action and implement sanctions against the brutal Ortega regime.

Congresswoman Salazar represents Florida's beautiful 27th Congressional district which includes most of the City of Miami, its suburbs, and the beaches. She currently serves on Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Small Business Committee.

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