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U.S. Relations with Latin America Go from Bad to Worse

LADB Article ID: 80540
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2018-03-02
By: Andrés Gaudín

With the Eighth Summit of the Americas just a month-and-a-half away, the US continues to give relations with Latin America short shrift and as many international analysts note, show a level of disrespect to the region that is alienating even its friends and allies.“It’s been said that other Washington administrations didn’t care about Latin America, and that’s true. But what’s happening now is dramatically worse,” Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, told BBC Mundo earlier this year. “The disinterest in the region is unprecedented. [But] it could still get worse … It’s possible we haven’t seen the low point yet.” Diplomats across the globe, including from the UN, don’t mince words when talking about Trump’s attitude and remarks. In recent weeks, it’s been common to hear terms like racist, xenophobe, stupid, insulting, embarrassing, repugnant, and many others to describe the US leader. The Summit of the Americas, to be held April 13-14 in Lima, Peru, could be an opportunity for Trump to improve his image. A recent Gallup poll suggests that in Latin America, the average level of approval toward the US government fell from 49%, during the last year of the Obama administration, to 24% now.

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