Kamala attending inauguration of Honduran leader whose inner circle has made ...

Kamala attending inauguration of Honduran leader whose inner circle has made ...
Kamala attending inauguration of Honduran leader whose inner circle has made ...

Vice President Kamala Harris is attending the inauguration Thursday of new socialist Honduran President Xiomara Castro, whose inner circle has made problematic statements about Jewish people and Israel. 

Honduras is one of the three 'northern triangle' countries that account for the flood of migrants coming over the U.S.-Mexico border. 

President Joe Biden charged Harris with running point with leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador so they could address the root causes of migration, but that quickly opened the vice president up to political attacks from conservatives as border crossings surged. 

Officials said on Wednesday that the visit was a chance to deepen the relationship with Honduras and make progress in tackling the factors behind migration.

But hopes that Castro would help deliver a fresh start - replacing Juan Orlando Hernandez who was accused of taking drug money - could be overshadow by old comments made by her husband, running mate and running mate's wife.

Castro's husband Manuel Zelaya, the former president of Honduras, claimed after the country's 2009 coup that 'Israeli mercenaries' were torturing him with high-frequency radiation. 

Castro's running mate, Salvador Nasralla, said Jews control the global money supply, according to Fox News

Vice President Kamala Harris

President-elect  Xiomara Castro,

On Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris (left) will attend the inauguration of Honduran President-elect Xiomara Castro (right), whose inner circle has made problematic statements about Jewish people and Israel 

Castro's husband Manuel Zelaya is a former Honduran president who got pushed out in a 2009 coup. At the time he claimed he was being tortured by 'Israeli mercenaries' using high-frequency radiation

Castro's husband Manuel Zelaya is a former Honduran president who got pushed out in a 2009 coup. At the time he claimed he was being tortured by 'Israeli mercenaries' using high-frequency radiation 

Castro's (right) running mate Salvador Nasralla (left) said Jews control the global supply chain and insisted a former Honduran president's 'boss is the government of Israel'

Castro's (right) running mate Salvador Nasralla (left) said Jews control the global supply chain and insisted a former Honduran president's 'boss is the government of Israel' 

Nasralla also said in 2020 that Honduras' outgoing president Juan Orlando Hernández's 'boss is the government of Israel.' 

Both Zelaya and Nasralla are familiar faces in Honduran politics.   

Zelaya was elected in 2006 on a conservative platform but turned to the left politically, forging alliances with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and forming a friendship with Cuba's Raul Castro.  

He was dispatched by a military coup in 2009, with opposition leaders claiming that Zelaya's plan to have a vote to change the constitution indicated he planned to stay in power - an assertion the president denied. 

A Newsweek account from that time said that Zelaya went into hiding at the Brazilian embassy in Honduras' capital Tegucigalpa with about 50 followers. 

'Since re-entering the country on Monday, he's set up an improvised war room and living quarters in the embassy, issuing calls for the 'fall of the usurpers' and spinning increasingly conspiratorial tales to the media,' the Newsweek report said. 

'The once-proper president has resorted to sleeping on chairs and surviving on biscuits delivered to his makeshift bunker,' the report continued. 'His throat is sore from toxic gases, he says, while 'Israeli mercenaries'' are supposedly torturing him with high-frequency radiation from a device resembling a large satellite dish.' 

Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim told CNN en Español that Zelaya had lost it, Newsweek said. 

Zelaya spent time in exile after the coup, but returned to the country in May 2011. 

He served as his wife's campaign manager during her presidential run.  

Nasralla, who backed Castro's presidential bid in October, so their political parties could rule together, previously ran for the presidency in 2017. 

During that run, which he barely lost to the incumbent, Hernández, his wife Iroshka Elvir had to apologize to Jewish organizations for praising Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.  

When Elvir was named Miss Honduras in 2015 she said 'Hitler was a great leader' during an interview with the El Heraldo newspaper, according to the Times of Israel.

'When I talked about Hitler I talked about his leadership because, to my understanding, he did not do anything good,' Elvir

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