Alberto Fernández showed humanitarian and political temperance when he managed to get Evo Morales into exile in Mexico without a scratch and in the White House that Argentine president's movement was blessed because it helped decompress the institutional situation in Bolivia. If Donald Trump had not endorsed Alberto Fernández's decision, the former cocalero president would now be imprisoned in La Paz.
The State Department clenched its teeth when it proved that Alberto Fernández had made the decision to shelter the former Bolivian president in Buenos Aires. Two informal polls followed and the unofficial response of the Argentine government was light and ambivalent.
Alberto Fernández assumed Washington's diplomatic resistance to the growing electoral activity of Morales and opted for a political script that is only effective in the ways: he supports the former Bolivian president and avoids public photos as if that were a mitigating media for the growing malaise in the State Department.RELATED
Meanwhile, Evo Morales continues his electoral march. He made a dozen proselytizing acts, posted tweets with his political opinions and prepares for this Sunday a gigantic move with a thousand MAS leaders to start the presidential campaign against the transitional government of Jeanine Añez.
Evo Morales' advanced politics in Argentina deserved two diplomatic aftershocks in Washington. They are warning gestures that seem mild and bureaucratic, but that exhibit Trump's intention to reveal to the Peronist government his discomfort for institutional support for the former president of Bolivia.
Although he treated the issue with some disagreement when asked in the media, Alberto Fernández planned to travel to Washington in February to meet Trump in the Oval Room, meet with Kristalina Georgieva at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), explain his government plan to American investors on Wall Street and move to Houston to preach about Vaca Muerta.
This presidential agenda was in standby, and the formal reason is bureaucratic: Jorge Argüello, future ambassador to the United States, will not be received in January to present his credentials. And until this happens, an official visit of the Argentine president cannot be organized.
It would cost Trump nothing to open his agenda at the White House for 15 minutes to receive Argüello and wait for Alberto Fernández a month later. But diplomatic gestures are a political art in Washington, which has already decided to block the presidential aspirations of Morales in Bolivia.
In this context, the White House further highlighted its discomfort when it postponed its decision on domestic exports of steel and aluminum to the United States. Trump threatened to raise tariffs via tweets and then stopped waiting for the Argentine replica. It happened a few days after the assumption of Alberto Fernández, and there was confidence in resolving the mess before the end of the year.
But the Commerce Department announced to the Argentine representatives in DC that everything was delayed by mid-January 2020. The situation is uncertain and complex: Trump did not issue any executive order in this regard, and he already arranged with Jair Bolsonaro that there will be no increase in tariffs. for the export of aluminum and steel from Brazil to the American territory.
The different treatment of steel and aluminum exports, as happened with the protocol audience of Ambassador Arguello, has only one geopolitical reason: the peculiar refuge granted by Alberto Fernández to Evo Morales.
On the White House warning scale, postponing a hearing by credentials or suspending an announcement about a decision that has not yet been made, are basic signs that are silently turned off with a coffee behind closed doors. The American diplomacy does not propose to expel Evo Morales, it only intends to lower its level of public exposure in Argentina.
The messages by backchannel of the State Department questioning the proselytizing activities of Morales were transformed into a formal protest when it was learned that the former Bolivian president organized for Sunday an act with a thousand leaders of the MAS.
It is common for American officials assigned in Buenos Aires to meet, eat or visit with their Argentine colleagues. And since secrecy is key in the diplomatic field, these conclaves are not revealed, nor posted on social networks.
Then, if one of the parties reveals a meeting convened to deal with a complex issue, deliberate publicity shows the tiredness before the impossibility of resolving it behind closed doors. This is what happened with Evo Morales in Argentina.
American officials explained their discomfort at the political acts of Evo Morales. In turn, the Argentine Foreign Minister gave the explanations of rigor during a meeting lasted thirty minutes. There was no official statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, unlike the diplomacy of the United States that closed the circle with a comment via chat that arrived from Washington.
“Representatives of the United States Embassy meet with officials of the Argentine government on a regular basis. We do not comment on the issues discussed during these private meetings. On the subject of Evo Morales, we call on Argentina to be a good neighbor in supporting Bolivian democracy and we call on the administration of Alberto Fernández to work to ensure that Morales does not abuse his status in Argentina, ”said the chat which was distributed with the imprint of the State Department.
Foreign Minister Solá, Béliz – Secretary of Strategic Affairs – and Ambassador Argüello commented on the terms of the meeting to Alberto Fernández. Evo Morales also knew – above – what happened in the meeting with the American advisers Carlson and Andino. But he did not cancel the act tomorrow with his thousand leaders and a while ago he posted a tweet that will further complicate the relationship between Argentina and the United States.
The President agreed with Morales that his political activity would be restricted to avoid fray with the White House. But his political refugee so far did not meet that basic premise. In Washington, Morales' unexpected attitude is called friendly fire.