|Strong man Daniel Ortega and President Obama in 2009|
In Nicaragua in the 2016 elections the opposition was effectively banned by the Ortega regime. The Sandinista leader "ran" for a third consecutive term with his wife as his vice presidential candidate. It is important to remember that back in 2009 President Obama and Secretary of State met Daniel Ortega and embraced him. In 2011 Ortega "reformed" the constitution under dubious circumstances to be able to run for a third term. In 2015 Nicaragua was behaving aggressively on Costa Rica's border violating the country's frontier. Luckily it was resolved in an international court.
|Recycled Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton|
Despite normal relations and this high level outreach early in the Obama Administration the Ortega regime pursued closer relations with Russia and China. In April 2016 Nicaragua purchased 50 Russian battle tanks at a cost of $80 million. Vladimir Putin signed a new security agreement with Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega in 2016.
|Fifty Russian tanks now in Nicaragua|