DeMint Honduras trip nixed by Kerry

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) has blocked approval of Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) planned congressional delegation trip to Honduras.

Earlier on Thursday, DeMint had announced he would lead a delegation to the country ridden with political strife tomorrow.

The freshman member of the Foreign Relations panel tweeted this afternoon:

@JohnKerry (Foreign Rel. chair) trying to hide truth to protect Zelaya, blocking our fact-finding trip to Honduras at last minute

No U.S. Senator has yet been to Honduras to assess facts of crisis. @JohnKerry & Obama admin using bullying tactics to hide truth.

Kerry and DeMint are on opposite sides of the debate over whether the now-deposed President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, should be returned to power.

The military removed Zelaya from office in June after he attempted to change the constitution in part to eliminate presidential term limits.

While DeMint has backed the de facto government under acting President Roberto Micheletti, Kerry backs a U.S.-backed negotiated settlement to return Zelaya to power until the end of his term in December.

DeMint sought to travel to Honduras ahead of their November 29 elections, which are not recognized by the U.S. government.

The de facto regime had hoped the elections would bring an end to the political crisis.