Statements by US officials have increased recently, commenting on the situation in Tunisia. The latest remark made by Defense Minister Lloyd Austin stated that Tunisia has deviated from the democratic path. Tunisian citizens expressed in an opinion poll that these statements are mere interference in the affairs of Tunisia. Some citizens told A24 that the US can comment and express its opinions, but Tunisia has the right to decide its own fate. Others told A24 that Tunisians should bear the fruit of their revolution and decide their own fate, as they question the intentions of these foreign officials who only want to benefit their own country.