The Changes in America After One-Year of Trump Government
“The president came to slip that he did not rule out even a “military option” for Venezuela, although the outburst generated immediate reactions even among Washington’s allies”
The Changes in America After One-Year of Trump Government. The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, which on Wednesday marks one year, forced Latin America to establish a new and still difficult dialogue with a White House focused on internal priorities. Enjoy Hollywood Movies reviews updates trailers and more at impelreport
The irruption in the region of several governments interested in a deeper relationship with the United States coincided with the installation in Washington of an administration inclined to strengthen the protectionism of its international trade and to link in part its diplomatic ties with the region to this perspective.
If the previous president, Barack Obama, dedicated part of his second term to efforts to rebuild Washington’s relationship with the region as much as possible, Trump’s arrival at the White House marked the beginning of a dialogue on clearly different bases.
Heavy hand and sanctions on Venezuela, retreat in relations with Cuba, rigidity with Mexico and Central America and subtle but clear threats to Colombia are facets of the translation in real terms of the ‘mantra’ recited by the new US president, of putting the United States First.
Even two strictly internal measures – the decision to limit Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and not renewing the DACA program, for migrants arriving in the country as children – have a direct negative impact on the region, and they turn on warning lights.
In the case of Venezuela, Trump considerably toughened the sanctions on Nicolás Maduro’s government officials and even included the country (along with North Korea and six countries with a Muslim majority) in his most recent decree that limits the entry of migrants and refugees.
The president even insinuated that he did not rule out even a “military option” for Venezuela, although the outburst generated immediate reactions even among Washington’s allies in the region since it would open a phase of instability with unpredictable consequences.
Just two days after that controversial declaration, Vice President Mike Pence began a tour of Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Panama, which served to lower the voltage of uncertainty and assure the region that the White House would give priority to multilateral actions.
The other friction front was clearly open with Mexico. Already during the electoral campaign, Trump had unleashed a spectacular controversy not only for his statements about Mexican migrants and the need to build a wall on the border but also for the criticism of the commercial relationship under the Free Trade Agreement of America. North (NAFTA).
At the request of the new government, the United States, Mexico and Canada have already held four rounds to renegotiate details of the agreement, without having reached solid substantive understandings for the time being.
Shortly before the fourth round, an internal memo from the White House was leaked to the press that attributes almost all of the country’s ills to free trade agreements such as NAFTA, to the point of suggesting that part of the government would be willing to Washington simply leaves the tripartite agreement.
In the case of Cuba, the new president decided to put in the freezer the process of approach that Obama had initiated, and announced that the “new” policy of Washington toward Havana would reinforce the policy of the trade embargo that was in force, without any result verifiable, for half a century.
This position led to a situation of extreme tension due to alleged attacks on US diplomats in Cuba. The State Department halved its Embassy in Havana and expelled 15 diplomats from the Cuban diplomatic representation in Washington.
It is the worst crisis in the bilateral relationship since the two countries reopened their embassies in 2015.
With Colombia, the dialogue also got muddied to the point of threatening to include that country in the list of those who do not fulfill their obligations in the fight against drug trafficking. Get all Latest News, entertainment, movies, media updates at impelreport.