Fast forward to 2016, Mr. Manning passed away on July 2nd 2016 at the San Fernando General Hospital after battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Today, the US President Barack Obama issued a letter of condolence on behalf of his office and the citizens of the United States of America.
The letter said On behalf of the American people, he extended his deepest condolences.
Mr. Obama said Mr. Manning was guided by his commitment to strengthening Trinidad and Tobago, through his service and he endeavored to expand possibilities in the lives of citizens of T&T.
Barack Obama continued to say that Mr. Manning’s legacy will live on, as he was a powerful example through his leadership and solidarity with T&T and with Latin America.
The US President closed by saying that he and first lady, Michelle Obama wish Mrs. Hazel Manning , David and Brian Manning all the best and they will forever be in their thoughts.