When Donald Trump requested the resignations of US ambassadors, the embassy in Guatemala released an ominous message. Press received word that Todd Robinson would remain, since he was not a political appointee, and “nothing will change.”
The affirmation signaled an extension of the conflict in Washington, DC: the unprecedented undermining of an orderly transition of power from one political party to another. In Guatemala, the head of Barack Obama’s resistance office is US Ambassador Todd Robinson. He is frantically attempting to consolidate power for local allies, so they can resist Trump’s agenda in the region.
For both gambits to succeed, Robinson must maintain his aura of power — hence the unusual embassy statement that nothing will change, along with the spin surrounding the recent visits of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). Pro-Obama public-relations manipulators and media allies have spread the falsehood that the visits show Trump support for the ambassador and the so-called UN Anti-Impunity Commission (Cicig). In reality, the commission is Obama’s enforcement arm over Guatemala’s government.
Steve Hecht is editor-at-large of the Impunity Observer. Fergus Hodgson contributed to this article and is the chief executive of Antigua International, a consulting firm connecting the Americas.