Without Trump, the Summit of the Americas Will Focus Squarely on Corruption

Without Trump, the Summit of the Americas Will Focus Squarely on Corruption
Peru’s then-President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski waves to government workers and supporters outside the House of Pizarro palace and presidential residence one day after offering his resignation, Lima, March 22, 2018 (Peruvian presidential press office).

The outlook for this week’s Summit of the Americas changed abruptly just three days before it was scheduled to start, when the White House announced that President Donald Trump was canceling his plans to attend the meeting in the Peruvian capital, along with a scheduled side trip to Colombia, due to the crisis in Syria. Trump’s presence at the summit, in what was meant to be his first visit to Latin America, would surely have monopolized the spotlight. Without Trump, the focus instead will be on the substance of the summit. Unless, that is, an even more dramatic arc unfolds. […]

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