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Virgin Islands GOP National Committeeman Jevon O.A. Williams Returns From Washington After Meeting With President, Vice President and French Ambassador

WHITE HOUSE ACCESS: Vice President Mike Pence (left), Karen Pence (middle) and Virgin Islands GOP National Committeeman Jevon O.A. Williams meet for the Christmas holidays.

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WASHINGTON — Virgin Islands GOP National Committeeman Jevon O.A. Williams returned to the territory Sunday after spending a week in Washington, where President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence received him.

Williams was invited by Trump and Pence to attend Christmas receptions at the White House and Naval Observatory, which serve as their respective official residences. He also attended a reception for national Republican leaders hosted by the French ambassador to the United States.

“It was a distinct honor to bring Christmas greetings from the Virgin Islands to President Trump and Vice President Pence,” Williams said. “I thanked the President and Vice President for their unwavering support and commitment to Virgin Islanders.”

While in the nation’s capital, Williams, who represents the Virgin Islands on the Republican National Committee (RNC), had over a dozen meetings on Capitol Hill.

“I met with senators and congressmen from across the country, including chairmen of various committees, to stress that the Virgin Islands deserves every dollar they are due in federal hurricane recovery funding,” he said. “I also updated members of Congress on my many concerns, I will continue to stress that our territory’s recovery will require significant oversight and accountability to prevent the sort of waste, fraud, and abuse that we saw recently when the territorial Legislature expropriated $4 million intended to fix our hospital but instead went to pay rent for legislative offices, while school children sit in mold infested classrooms, and spending in the likes of $400,000 on a presidential-style Cadillac and two Suburbans while St. Croix was left without a working ambulance.”

Williams said that he also met with the French Ambassador to the United States.

“I had the pleasure of attending a reception for national leaders hosted by the French ambassador to the United States, His Excellency , as a thank you to the ambassador for his hospitality and friendship, I presented him with a bottle of he said on Twitter.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. Loras
    January 2, 2019 at 3:05 PM — Reply

    No defense of trump is defensible.

    Aren’t the Virgin Island next to Haiti? Deal with that mess, you’ll actually accomplish something worthwhile.

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