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US Embassy Warns Colombian Politicians not to get involved in American Presidential Elections

The United States’ embassy in Colombian capital Bogota warned Colombian politicians on Monday night “to avoid getting involved” in the American presidential elections, amid a growing row over allegations that members of President Ivan Duque’s ruling party Centro Democratic are campaigning in support of Donald Trump.

The United States’ embassy in Colombian capital Bogota warned Colombian politicians on Monday night “to avoid getting involved” in the American presidential elections, amid a growing row over allegations that members of President Ivan Duque’s ruling party Centro Democratic are campaigning in support of Donald Trump.

“The success of relations between the US and Colombia over many years has been based on bipartisan support. I urge all Colombian politicians to avoid getting involved in US elections,” US ambassador Philip Goldberg wrote on his Twitter account.

At least three senior Colombian politicians have been accused over the last few weeks of acting as President Trump surrogates in Florida, which is a pivotal battleground state that has been flooded with political advertising aimed at Latino voters. 

Senators María Fernanda Cabal and Carlos Felipe Mejía, and congressman Juan David Vélez, have endorsed Trump and regularly promote him on Twitter. Florida, with 29 votes in the electoral college, is a crucial battleground state in the November 3rd presidential election, and the Latino vote is seen as critical.

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