US Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia, is insisting that anti-corruption campaigner and National Integrity Action boss, Professor Trevor Munroe, accused the Holness administration of being corrupt.

Professor Munroe says he has never accused the administration as being corrupt.

But, the US Ambassador says Professor Munroe isn’t being faithful to the facts.

The row between the US Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia, and Executive Director of the National Integrity Action, NIA, Professor Trevor Munroe, has escalated.

The feud was ignited last month after Mr Tapia revealed that an anti-corruption campaigner accused the Holness administration of being corrupt.

In a subsequent interview, Professor Munroe admitted he had a private conversation with the US Ambassador but didn’t accuse the Holness administration of being corrupt.

But, in an exclusive interview with Nationwide’s Cliff Hughes today, a strident Ambassador Tapia contradicted the assertion made by Professor Trevor Munroe.

When asked to respond to whether he had the moral authority to address the issue of corruption because the Trump administration, he represents, is being bedeviled by corruption allegations, the US Ambassador issued this warning to Cliff.

VISA REVOCATION

And the US Ambassador to Jamaica says he isn’t in a position to offer an update on the high profile visa revocation of Cabinet Minister, Daryl Vaz and Opposition MP, Phillip Paulwell.

Mr Tapia says the issue is dead.

Donald Tapia, US Ambassador to Jamaica.

OAS Support

Ambassador Tapia says he hopes the US has the support of the Holness administration in the upcoming vote on who should be the next Secretary General of the Organization of American States, OAS.

The US wants the the sitting Secretary General, Luis Almagro, to be re-elected when his current tenure ends next month.

The election is scheduled for March 20.

Ambassador Tapia says he has lobbied the Government of Jamaica on behalf of the Trump administration on the OAS vote.

Donald Tapia, US Ambassador to Jamaica, speaking this afternoon in an exclusive interview with Nationwide News.