The United States government withdrew its defense attache from Nicaragua due to comments that supported Nicaragua’s military, which drew outrage from the political opposition.
The Nicaraguan administration released Lt. Col. Roger Antonio Carvajal Santamaria’s comments saying that the military is a “large part of the growth and stability of this country”. The statement was released during an army leadership gathering from several nations.
The U.S. government condemned President Daniel Ortega’s governance in the country after the Nicaraguan military-backed street protest repressions in April 2018, which caused 328 deaths and 2,000 casualties.
A U.S. State Department official said that the Nicaraguan military’s support for Ortega and his vice president, Rosario Murillo’s anti-democratic behavior and their censorship of their country’s people have constrained their relationship with the United States.
The U.S. official added that Carvajal’s comments prompted inquiries among Nicaragua’s opposition if it implied a change in the U.S. ties with Nicaragua and that it “did not accurately reflect” U.S. government regulations. He added that Carvajal left and finished his mission in the country.
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