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Trump Nominates Bahamas Ambassador

Doug Manchester with his wife, Geniya, and their children. Photo: www.papadougmanchester.com

Doug Manchester with his wife, Geniya, and their children. Photo: www.papadougmanchester.com

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Chief Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

AMERICAN president Donald Trump has proposed prominent San Diego developer and veteran industrialist “Papa” Doug Manchester for the post of US ambassador to The Bahamas.

The Nassau post has been vacant since 2011, with the most recent nominee Cassandra Q Butts having died as she waited more than two years to be confirmed to the post under the former Obama administration.

Ms Butts, 50, died in May last year, but was nominated for the ambassador post in 2014 by former US President Barack Obama. The confirmation was said to have been held up by Republicans in the US Senate.

If confirmed, the 74-year-old Trump supporter will serve as ambassador of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, according to a statement issued by the US Embassy yesterday.

The statement read: “Mr Manchester is a leading industrialist with accomplishments on a national and international scale in telecommunications, radio broadcast, medical instrumentation, publishing, and real estate development.

“Since 1970, he has been chairman of Manchester Financial Group, which has multiple divisions including Manchester Grand Resorts and M Commercial Properties. He leads the Manchester Charitable Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute.

“Mr Manchester earned a BS from San Diego State University,” it added.

On the campaign trail in San Diego last year, Mr Manchester told Trump supporters at a rally in May that the then-presidential candidate was “the smartest man I know.” He went on to tell the crowd that they had the chance to elect a capitalist to the White House.

In 2008, Mr Manchester donated $125,000 to support a ballot initiative, known as Proposition 8, blocking same-sex marriage in California, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper reported that the hotelier “donated the money to support the collection of signatures to qualify the initiative, which would amend the state’s Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage” for a vote later in 2008.

In 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was legal nationwide.

Back in 2014, Brent Symonette, former minister of immigration foreign affairs in the Ingraham administration, told The Tribune that the confirmation delay of a US ambassador was indicative of “issues with President Barack Obama’s internal politics” and not symptomatic of a strained relationship between the Bahamas and the US.

Mr Symonette, the newly elected St Anne’s MP, was sworn-in as minister of financial services, trade and industry and immigration on Monday.

Speaking at a Rotary Club meeting in February, Mr Symonette suggested that a nomination was on the horizon, adding that there were rumours the appointee had already started house hunting in New Providence.

Comments

baldbeardedbahamian 1 year, 6 months ago

WHAT DOES THE TIMING OF THIS SAY ABOUT HAS-BEEN FWEDDY?

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Well_mudda_take_sic 1 year, 6 months ago

A gay bashing 74 year old man with a very very young wife (perhaps his second or third wife) and two very very young children; one a baby and the other a toddler. Yep, he'll fit right in to his post as U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas!

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jus2cents 1 year, 6 months ago

Ha, ha, ha so true and kinda pathetically sad at the same time! Yes, humans have a lot of evolving still to do. Shakes head, throws arms up & a big sigh.

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C2B 1 year, 6 months ago

Gold digging 101: Make sure you have kids with the old man. Otherwise when he dies, the kids from the previous marriage will F%$* you out of the money.

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 6 months ago

What does Papa Doug bring to the table?????............ Will he reverse our dependence on the Chinese?????

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TalRussell 1 year, 6 months ago

Comrades! I need hear Ambassador "Papa" Doug's laugh to see if he laughs anything likes our very own Papa Hubert. Are you sure we need two Papa's on the local social circuit?

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proudloudandfnm 1 year, 6 months ago

A racist trumpie as ambassador to a predominantly black country.

Vell buck who you piss off so???

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C2B 1 year, 6 months ago

Another fake tooth, viagra taking, old racist redneck. Stay in San Diego. Do us all a favour ahead of the Impeachment.

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Jesusiscomingsoon 1 year, 6 months ago

Welcome to the Bahamas Ambassador Manchester. May your time here be enjoyable and rewarding. God bless you, your President and country.

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sealice 1 year, 6 months ago

Trump chose him cus his wife looks like his daughter Iwankwa?

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banker 1 year, 6 months ago

The appointment, the comments, the irony ... its all friggin' hilarious and insane.

Either the world has gone mad, or I am on a very bad acid trip ... or this is all a hologram simulation like Elon Musk says it is. I can see why some folks would think that these are the end times.

Advice for the wife: No matter how much money he gat, somewhere, there are at least 2 or three more women that got sick and tired of putting up with his shiite. Your only hope is a heart attack or a speeding jitney when he looks the wrong way to cross the street.

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DDK 1 year, 6 months ago

LOL! I don't guess we have any say in the appointment? It's too ridiculous!

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TalRussell 1 year, 6 months ago

Comrade Red shirts, I've been told the red party hired Trump associated political consultants to run their 2017general election's - fake news dirt throwing campaign. Never before in the Bahamaland's 299 years history, has there been more USA style dirt involved in one of our general elections. Nasty reds!

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DDK 1 year, 6 months ago

Sure they didn't hire the RUSSIANS?

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TalRussell 1 year, 6 months ago

Comrade DDK, it will take less than six months to reveal the who, what, where, when and why the money backed the reds. The reds have a lot of work ahead them to keep hiding stuff from - It's The People's Government.....Stupid!

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