Why is Obama visiting Argentina's President Macri?
The United States’ relationships with Latin American countries are as complicated as its individual histories with each and their respective cultures and attitudes towards America. This week, President Obama is scheduled to visit President Macri, the newly elected leader of Argentina after over a decade of left-leaning governments controlling political interests. Former President Cristina Kirchner was not friendly towards working with America, noting past intervention issues.
However, Macri is different in his approach. He said, “I don’t believe in populism. We have been isolated from the world for almost 12 years . . . We are improving our rule of law and becoming an increasingly trustworthy country and society. We have learned what we need to and are ready to start growing.” With Macri looking to expand Argentina’s position in the global economy, it’s natural to open up discussions with America that were once closed. Macri is also cutting domestic taxes in many avenues in an effort to encourage economic growth. Aside from discussing economics, Macri is expected to discuss a number of other issues with President Obama as well. These include working together on climate change, as well as combating the drug trade and crime issues that stem from it.
Macri, along with the majority of Argentineans, is hoping that a change in political philosophy and relations with other nations will help the country become stronger in many respects. The meeting with President Obama is a critical first step towards building a relationship that will help them meet these goals.