U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed “grave concern” with Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele Tuesday over his country’s Legislative Assembly voting to remove all five magistrates of the Supreme Court’s constitutional chamber, among other internal affairs.
Meanwhile, he ignored the migrant surge fueling the U.S. southern border crisis, overwhelming resources and personnel.
A readout of the conversation between Blinken and Bukele issued by the U.S. State Department noted:
Secretary Blinken expressed the U.S. government’s grave concern over the Legislative Assembly’s vote to remove all five magistrates of El Salvador’s constitutional chamber, noting that an independent judiciary is essential to democratic governance.
He expressed equal concern regarding the removal of Attorney General Raul Melara, who is fighting corruption and impunity and is an effective partner of efforts to combat crime in both the United States and El Salvador.
Without explicitly mentioning the surge of migrants from Central America’s Northern Triangle