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First informal contacts of Trump administration with the Argentine government

Monday, February 6th 2017 - 10:06 UTC
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 After prayers president Trump turned up, “he shook hands and said it was a pleasure to meet me 'madam'” and went to greet others After prayers president Trump turned up, “he shook hands and said it was a pleasure to meet me 'madam'” and went to greet others

Argentina's vice president Gabriela Michetti was unexpectedly greeted by president Donald Trump and held a brief meeting with her peer Mike Pence last week in Washington during the National Prayer Breakfast, a traditional ceremony held in Washington's Hilton. Michetti later shared lunch with members of the State Department Western Hemisphere Desk at the Argentine embassy.

 “It was all most unexpected since I belong to prayers' groups, and there was no previous agenda, besides the fact that is was known Trump, Pence and other cabinet members would be attending”“, revealed the Argentine vice-president who moves in a wheelchair.

However unknowingly Michetti figured in a short list of VIPs, with among other vice president Pence, the King of Jordan Abdullah and Queen Rania and several US senators, at hall room.

And then after prayers president Trump turned up, ”he shook hands and said it was a pleasure to meet me 'madam'“ and went to greet others while vice president Pence ”told me he was interested in programming a formal meeting and was looking forward to good relations with Argentina“.

”It was brief but a very cordial chat” added Michetti describing what ended up being the first informal meeting of Trump's administration with officials from the Argentine government.

At the Argentine embassy, Michetti met with State Department officials, Tim Stater and Francisco Palmieri, as well as with the ambassadors from Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Ecuador and the president of the Inter American Development Bank.

Apparently one of the issues that was discussed is the fact that Latin America does not seem to be a priority for the Trump administration (except Mexico), and thus the need to agree on a homogeneous block to facilitate links with the new government. Allegedly the US officials believed the initiative was appropriate.

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  • Clyde15

    Dead Cow

    You are woefully ignorant !

    Never attacked the Germans,,,1914/18...1939/1945

    Italians. 1939/43

    French. Have a look at British history from about 1100/1815

    Russia. The Crimean War.

    Spanish. At sea from about 1560 to 1805.

    These seem rather “big boys” in world context.

    Innocent Argentina hoovered up most of the bottom of S.America conveniently removing the indigenous population by politely asking them to sod-off and die.

    Attacking a tiny group of islands and holding the population as hostage until we came and
    kicked your sorry arses..
    What a country to be proud of !

    Feb 07th, 2017 - 05:15 pm +3
  • DemonTree

    Wow, what is he smoking? We've fought wars with nearly all the major countries in Europe, although the one against Sweden was a technicality. And if France had won the Napoleonic wars it would be the terrible French Empire he was complaining about (not that it stopped them getting another one later).

    And the people in India were hardly stone age tribes either. What a load of bollocks.

    Feb 07th, 2017 - 08:11 pm +3
  • Kanye

    Patrick

    “I only want ... is that we NEVER become ”This, previous“. Let us feel proud of being a culture and people who are not already loaded and list with contempt to foreign countries. But we are always those who enjoy our curiosity, innocence, faith and respect for the other nations of the planet! Long live the countries that do without war! Live all of them, and us !!”

    So false that you had to write it in Spanish!

    Argentines only attack unarmed civilian populations- no wonder they don't like a Falklands Defense Force.

    Feb 07th, 2017 - 06:09 am +2
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