Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Skipping Latin Summit Shrinks U.S. Clout

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Skipping Latin Summit Shrinks U.S. Clout

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An editorial from The Washington Post

President Donald Trump's decision to skip the Summit of the Americas this week came at a particularly bad time. The gathering is the most important in the Western Hemisphere and has given presidents a chance to exercise leadership. The White House had hoped to rally support for firmer action on the political and economic implosion of Venezuela. Now that effort will probably be stillborn - and Mr. Trump's poor image in Latin America will be further tarnished.

Venezuela is not the only country where greater U.S. attention is needed. Peru, the host of the summit, just lost its relatively capable president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who resigned while facing impeachment, nominally because of his connection to a continent-wide corruption scandal involving a Brazilian construction company. …

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