The United States government will support Brazil instead of Argentina to enter the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). During the government of Mauricio Macri there were attempts to join the entity, which did not prosper. Donald Trump's decision would respond to the alignment with his pair Jair Bolsonaro.
The news was confirmed by the United States embassy in Brasilia. "The United States wants Brazil to become the next country to begin the process of joining the OECD. The Brazilian government is working to align its economic policies with OECD standards, to prioritize its membership to strengthen its political reforms." , indicated from the diplomatic representation.
In recent times Macri tried unsuccessfully for Argentina to get into the body. While the neighboring country was bidding to achieve this goal since the arrival of Michel Temer to the presidency. The OECD is made up of 36 of the most powerful countries that commit to meet certain criteria in public policies to promote economic and social well-being.RELATED
In recent months, both Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave signs of ambiguity in support of Brazil and Argentina. Since last August the US official signed a letter stating that he only supported the entries of Argentina and Romania to the agency.
After Brazil's complaints about the lack of support despite the alignment with the North American country Pompeo had to relativize that document. "We are enthusiastic drivers of the entrance of Brazil to this institution and the United States will make a great effort to support that access," he said on that occasion, to put cold cloths. Now the embassy indicated that the decision to "prioritize the candidacy of Brazil" is a "natural evolution" of the commitment that Trump and Pompeo made.
According to Folha do Sao Paulo, the result of the October elections conditioned the decision of the North American country, which finally supported Brazil. "With the victory of the Peronist Alberto Fernández, the Americans began to consider that the new authorities in Buenos Aires no longer saw the entry into the organization as a priority," said the Brazilian media.
Prior to Trump's decision, the President was critical of the organization and said that Argentina would not be fit to adhere to this institution. "Go and ask a shoe or textile industrialist what the cost they pay because Macri came up with being part of the OECD … Argentina being part of the OECD is useless, but it costs destruction of entire industries, "Fernandez said in an interview with C5N.