Friday, April 13, 2018

Trump Won't Be Missed

A recent anti-Trump march in Bogotá portrayed Trump as a fascist. 
Few of the heads of state at this week's Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru are likely to miss Donald Trump. Trump, after all, has done all he could to insult, ignore and offend Latin America.

The White House justified Trump's absence by saying that he needed to focus on events in Syria, where the vicious Assad government recently used poison gas on its own people. That's certainly important. El Tiempo newspaper, however, pointed out that Trump often governs by Twitter, making his excuse less than convincing. Others speculate that Trump wanted to stay in Washington to deal with his mutiple legal troubles stemming from the women who allege they had sexual relationships with him.

The New York Times observes that even before Trump, the U.S. was losing influence in Latin America to China, which is now the largest trading partner of Brazil, Chile and Peru and has made huge infrastructure investments in the region.

Trump had also planned to visit Colombia, one of the few nations which still has lukewarm relations with Washington. But U.S. Vice President Pence, who will replace Trump, will skip Colombia, which he visited last year. Colombia feels stood up, editorializes El Tiempo.

The summit will now lack its two most polemical heads of state, Trump and Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro, who first insisted on participating in the summit and then decided to boycott it after recognizing that he wasn't wanted.

With the two polarizing figures gone, perhaps the rest of the leaders can get something done.

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

1 comment:

Stuart Oswald said...

Protesting mobs have never spoken for the masses. Latin America would do go to learn a democratic lesson from Trump. Particularly Santos who doubled crossed his own people. Perhaps instead of wasn't US taxpayers wall on trying to buy Latin American approval by Latin American politicians, the US should actually speed up the building of the wall and make it higher. Perhaps then China will welcome their neglected populations.