Sure, why bother? He’s only the president. Besides, he’s got better things to do, like golf, vacationing and phoning the latest Democrat mascot of the day. Meanwhile, we’re being laughed at by Ecuador.
Ecuador’s government gave the Obama administration a defiant response in the face of warnings not to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, sending the message that it does not need U.S. aid and assistance.
According to Reuters, Ecuador said Thursday it was waiving favorable trade rights under a trade agreement with the U.S. In a dig at Washington, officials there also offered the U.S. $23 million in aid for “education about human rights.”
The moves were a signal that Ecuador was not considering its own U.S. benefits in weighing Snowden’s asylum request.
In Washington, some analysts have said the U.S. could use both its direct aid and the trade benefits as leverage against Ecuador. That’s because in recent months, Ecuadorean officials have made trips to Washington, jockeying for preferential treatment for some of its country’s key native products like frozen broccoli and fresh-cut roses.
Obama, speaking in Senegal on Thursday, said he has no intention of “wheeling and dealing” with other nations over Snowden. He said he was not getting personally involved because he “shouldn’t have to.”