The Donald Trump Government Said It Is "ready" To Work With Alberto Fernández

"We congratulate the people of Argentina for holding successful presidential elections on October 27 and we are ready to work with Alberto Fernández as the new President of Argentina," said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Credit: Jorge Saenz

WASHINGTON.- The government of
Donald Trump sent the first signal to the president-elect
Alberto Fernández, indicating that he is
ready to work to "address the common interests" shared by Argentina and the United States, a crucial link for the future of the country.

"We congratulate the people of Argentina for holding successful presidential elections on October 27 and we are ready to work with Alberto Fernández as the new president of Argentina to address the interests that our countries share," said the Secretary of State,
Mike Pompeo, in a statement released by the State Department.

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"The United States and Argentina enjoy a long-standing and mutually respectful partnership that has benefited both nations and is a testament to our many shared democratic values ​​and priorities. We look forward to
 work with the Fernández administration to promote regional security, prosperity and the rule of law, "he added.

Discounted by all, Fernández's victory in the presidential elections ratified a new course change in Argentina since December 10. But, despite the signals, in Washington, those who follow the country and the region realized the deep uncertainty that exists regarding what that new direction will be, and how the link with the United States will change, strongly strengthened during Mauricio Macri's presidency .

Mike Matera, director of the program for America at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), said that still nobody knows what to expect from a government of Alberto Fernández, although there is hope that he is "an independent president" with clear ideas for Solve the country's problems.

Donald Trump's government sent the first signal to President-elect Alberto Fernández Source: Archive – Credit: Yuri Gripas / Reuters

"There will be a lot of availability in the first months to collaborate with him and his government in encouraging political and economic consensus at a time when there is so much division and controversy between important groups of Argentine society," said Matera.

Referring to the future of the bilateral relationship, Matera said that it will depend more than anything on Fernández's definitions on a handful of issues: the economic plan; the independence of Justice and the advances in the fight against corruption; Admission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and foreign policy.

"How to define your foreign policy towards important issues such as Venezuela and Russia will have a serious impact on the bilateral relationship with the United States. Deny the reality that Venezuela represents the most serious humanitarian and economic crisis in the history of Latin America and that Nicolás Maduro is less than a dictator with very dangerous ties with Cuba, Russia and organized crime would greatly complicate the bilateral relationship with Washington, "he said.

Michael Camilleri of the Inter-American Dialogue said that Washington "maintains an open attitude about Fernandez in a stark contrast to the negative reaction of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro."

"However, Fernandez and his advisors will know that the Trump Administration is likely to make some quick judgments about whether Fernandez will be a pragmatic partner or a regional irritant," Camilleri said. "The White House will be particularly attentive to Fernandez's approach to the crisis in Venezuela and its management of the economy, especially Argentina's relationship with the IMF. An early visit to Washington after Fernandez's inaugural trip to Mexico would be a good opportunity. for the president-elect to explain his plans and transmit his commitment to a productive relationship between the United States and Argentina, "he closed.

Daniel Kerner, head of Latin America for Eurasia Group, believes that Fernández is trying to "create a new moderate left line in Latin America and sees Mexico as a pillar of that movement."

"Obviously, the United States is going to be key to the issue of the Fund. Trump has a transactional vision of foreign policy, so I imagine he is going to demand something from Argentina to support the Fund, probably with China and Venezuela. Alberto Fernández is going to try to get things right with Trump, but I think it will not be easy. Nor with the IMF, "he said.

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