The Republican senator for Texas Ted Cruz has demanded this Thursday that the U.S. State Department impose sanctions on the vice-president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, for the recent accusations of corruption and for which the Prosecutor’s Office has requested twelve years in prison.
“Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is a kleptocrat. The United States must sanction her for being corrupt,” Cruz wrote on his Twitter account, accompanying these expletives with a reply to the letter in which he demands the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to act against her.
Cruz has assured that Fernandez’s actions “for decades undermined the rule of law in Argentina, convulsed its political institutions and undermined U.S. interests in the country and also in the region.”
He has also accused the vice president of being implicated in the 2015 death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found dead of a gunshot to the head in his apartment on the eve of presenting evidence that would allegedly show how she made a pact with Iran to conceal its involvement in the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires.
“The evidence supporting the charges against Fernandez de Kirchner is public, credible and now backed by the Argentine judicial system,” said Cruz, who believes that “the consequences and threats” of this corruption “extend worldwide.”
“U.S. adversaries, and in particular China, Russia and Iran, exploit endemic corruption, including and especially that driven by leftist movements in the Western Hemisphere, to advance their geopolitical agendas and erode U.S. interests,” he has ventured.
For this reason, he has called on the White House to use U.S. legislation to prohibit both the Argentine vice president and her immediate family members from entering the country, as it did previously with the vice president of Paraguay, Hugo Velázquez.
This Monday, the Argentine prosecution requested twelve years in prison and the perpetual disqualification of the vice-president, Cristina Fernández, from holding public office, as it considers her responsible for an alleged illegal scheme to defraud the State through the concession of public works in Santa Cruz.
Kirchner has long denied wrongdoing and called the case a political persecution. The Argentine president, Alberto Fernández, has shown his support along with other leaders of the region, such as the Colombian Gustavo Petro and the Bolivian Luis Arce, who have condemned that this “harassment” obeys to an interest to “bury” their political ideas.