In The Trump Administration They Hope To Meet Alberto Fernández, But They Warn For Venezuela – 10/29/2019

The United States government is willing to start oiling the relationship with the elected president of Argentina and hopes to meet with Alberto Fernandez if he decides to come to Washington. In addition, in a veiled reference to the Venezuelan crisis, he said that they will seek to promote with Fernández "human rights in Argentina and the hemisphere."

A spokesman for the Western Hemisphere affairs department of the State Department told Clarín that "we have met with Alberto Fernández's team in Argentina and in Washington DC, and we hope to meet with Alberto Fernández if he decides to come to Washington."

Before the elections, and in view of Fernandez's imposition in the elections, State Department officials had already met in Washington earlier this month with Sergio Massa, of the Front of All, and almost certainly president of the Chamber of Deputies Also, during the International Monetary Fund Assembly, they met Guillermo Nielsen, one of the leading economists of "albertism."

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It is said that one of the first trips that the president-elect will make abroad will be to Mexico, where he will see Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a president with whom he has an ideological affinity. There were rumors that the trip could also include a stopover in the United States (perhaps Houston, where an energy agenda would prevail) and also Washington or New York. But there is nothing confirmed.

The day after the elections, the Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, issued a statement in which he congratulated Fernandez and said that the US He was "ready to work with the new president" and mentioned a shared agenda to promote "regional security, prosperity and the rule of law."

But this time the State Department spokesman told Clarín that they will continue "working with Fernández's team to promote security, prosperity, the rule of law, good governance and human rights in Argentina and the hemisphere."

This last sentence did not appear in the first communiqué and is interpreted as a warning about the possible policy that the Fernández administration could have on Venezuela, an issue that worries the United States.

Washington fears that the rise of Fernandez, and a possible departure from Argentina from the Lima Group, regionally strengthen the government of Nicolás Maduro and aggravate the crisis in Venezuela. Fernandez has resisted qualifying the Venezuelan government as a dictatorship, but allies like Massa have. In a first tweet that the president-elect paid to Maduro, Fernández sought to balance by mentioning support for "the full validity of democracy."

The United States expects gestures from Fernández and they want to know their real position on this and other issues such as the influence of China in the region and economic reforms. They have bad memories of the last Kirchner administration and seek to know the influence that Cristina Fernández will have in the management.

The government of Donald Trump has been a strong supporter of Argentina before the International Monetary Fund and his support is still key in a future renegotiation of a $ 57,000 million standy by loan.

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