Venezuela military ouster remarks dog Tillerson on his first Latin America visit

05 February, 2018, 06:41 | Author: Larry Hoffman
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US criticism of Latin America's growing ties with China is unfounded since the bilateral relationship is based on mutual interest and cooperation, Argentine political analyst Paola de Simone has said. Perhaps he should just cut off their foreign aid, the president groused.

The expert, who specializes in worldwide law, said Latin America's ties with China have been diversifying, and are not merely financial and economic in nature. Last year, as Tillerson returned from delicate talks with China about cooperating to confront North Korea, Trump said Twitter that Tillerson should "stop wasting your time" with diplomacy on the matter.

The Mexican government has repeatedly expressed opposition to Trump's proposals to curb illegal immigration and have Mexico pay for a reinforced border wall.

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The funding promise represents a massive increase on the 17 million euros pledged at the last conference in 2014. Without it, "you lose a child's future". "I would like to thank President Macron for having me".

A previous effort by the Trump administration to rally support on Venezuela, made in June at a meeting of the Organization of American States, failed as critics of Maduro splintered over what approach to take.

"Let's make sure we have systems in place where we understand who's coming into the country", Tillerson said.

Despite being by far Mexico's main trading partner, the US has insisted that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which both countries are in with Canada, should be renegotiated.

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Speaking in Mexico City, Tillerson said European counterparts had noticed that Russian Federation had its fingerprints on a number of elections. Yet that has not always been the case in the year-old Trump administration.

Videgaray spoke alongside US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in Mexico City.

As Videgaray, a former finance minister and longtime aide of President Enrique Pena Nieto, put a good face on US-Mexico relations, he also acknowledged some tensions.

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Despite the tensions, Videgaray and Freeland lavished praise on Tillerson, though not Trump, with the Canadian foreign minister referring to the American secretary of state as the voice for the respect of worldwide rules.

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