Alberto Fernández's Support For Evo Morales Delays a Definition Of Donald Trump On Steel And Aluminum Tariffs

Donald Trump has not yet opened a new instance of negotiation with the Casa Rosada to end the geopolitical effects of his latest tweet against national exports of aluminum and steel that are sent to the American territory.

On December 2, Trump announced the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum alleging the devaluation of the peso. The political-economic decision included Brazil, despite its extreme proximity to Washington. It was a threat that has not yet been executed, but is still in force in the Argentine case.

“Brazil and Argentina have been presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies, which is not good for our farmers. Therefore, with immediate validity, I will restore all Steel and Aluminum Tariffs that are sent to the United States from those countries, ”Trump wrote on his Twitter account, when Mauricio Macri finished his term and Alberto Fernández was close to the assumption.


The president of the United States has already raised the threat against Brazil and Jair Bolsonaro, and will wait in the case of Argentina and Alberto Fernández.

Trump is upset about Evo Morales's political incursions in Argentina, and will at least wait until the end of January to enable an instance of diplomatic conciliation between his strategic interests in Bolivia and the Peronist government's decision to support the electoral campaign of the cocalero leader .

This tweet from Morales announcing the MAS convention in Buenos Aires to designate his president candidate, was the turning point of the White House to postpone the start of talks aimed at ending the threat of placing tariffs on steel exports and aluminum to the United States.

The President has maintained on many occasions that he needs the arrival of dollars from abroad to mitigate the macroeconomic effects of the adjustment plan that Mauricio Macri closed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). If Alberto Fernández does not stop the American administration from ceasing the threat of impos ing tariffs, the millions of dollars that should come from exports of steel and aluminum to the United States could be lost.

Before Evo Morales announced his party convention in Buenos Aires, Trump had ordered a diplomatic movement to alert Balcarce 50 about the unease caused by Evo Morales' constant political incursions in Buenos Aires. The play was crowned in a conclave starring Felipe Solá-Chancellor-, Gustavo Béliz -Secretary of Strategic Affairs- and Jorge Arguello, the next Argentine ambassador to the United States.

Mary Kay Carlson and Chris Andino, advisers to the American embassy in Argentina, explained to Solá, Béliz and Argüello that the White House did not share the facilities granted by Alberto Fernández to the former Bolivian President. And so that there were no doubts about Trump's position in this regard, a spokesman for the State Department sent the following chat to the newsroom of Infobae:

"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," they said. Washington before the meeting between the government and the American diplomats took place.

Alberto Fernández, Felipe Solá and the head of Cabinet, Santiago Cafiero, argued in the media that they would do nothing to satisfy the White House's claims. On the contrary, the president and his ministers ratified his political will to allow Evo Morales to continue his electoral campaign in Argentina.

Alberto Fernández's willingness to support the cocalero leader has already caused the White House to postpone the formal hearing he had set in January to receive Jorge Argüello's credentials. This deliberate delay – which was camouflaged behind "Trump's complicated agenda" – caused an unexpected side effect: as Argüello is not yet officially an ambassador, the presidential visit scheduled for February was postponed until further notice.

But the bureaucratic sanctions did not end in the postponement of Arguello's hearing with Trump in the Oval Room of the White House. Wilbur Ross, head of the Commerce Department, suspended meetings with Argentine Foreign Ministry officials scheduled to negotiate the cancellation of the threat of imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum exports.

The republican administration will not move until Evo Morales makes his party convention in Buenos Aires, and days later, he presents his presidential management report. In this context, the negotiating table on steel and aluminum would open in early February, but not an extraordinary event that modifies the decisions already taken by order of Trump.



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