Donald Trump’s win raises questions, stokes fears in South America

Article Appeared in The Washington TimesBUENOS AIRES — More than a week after Donald Trump’s stunning victory, politicians and policymakers across South America are still scrambling to gauge what to expect from a president-elect who has taken few public stances on most of the continent’s most pressing issues.

Leaders from Bogota to Buenos Aires have long grown accustomed to finding themselves on the back burner of U.S. foreign policy, and — aside from an opening to Cuba that Mr. Trump has criticized — President Obama’s promise of a “new chapter of engagement” with America’s southern neighbors remained as unfulfilled as George W. Bush’s call for “free trade from the Arctic to Cape Horn.”

But as hands-off as Washington’s approach has been, it remained largely predictable and bound by the same core principles regardless of who happened to occupy the White House. The great unknown now is whether Mr. Trump’s State Department forms part of the “swamp” Mr. Trump has promised to drain — and what that might mean for Brazil’s economic crisis, Colombia’s shaky peace process and Venezuela’s ties to Russia and Iran. …



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