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Hillary Clinton calls on LeMieux



Sen. George LeMieux was hurrying back to his office a short while ago to get a call from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will presumably ask him to release his hold of the administration's nominee for ambassador to Brazil.

But LeMieux said he first wants a commitment that democratic ideas will be promoted throughout Latin America and a return to normal relations with Honduras. "In terms of Cuba, I want to make sure the Cuban regime is not filtering the aid we give to nongovernmental organizations."

He added, "I want to make sure that the State Department knows I have an eagle eye on these issues."

LeMieuxhas put procedural hold on Tom Shannon, former assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, citing a more open posture toward the Castro regime. Critics, however, say LeMieux's move is a political ploy that is hurting relations with Latin America.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:10pm]


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