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Politics Trump to visit Latin America amid trade, immigration fights

22:40  05 april  2018
22:40  05 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hoping to counter Chinese efforts to bolster its economic influence in the Americas during his inaugural trip to Latin America next week amid an escalating trade fight and his harsh rhetoric on immigration . The White House said Thursday that

President Donald Trump is hoping to counter Chinese efforts to bolster its economic influence in the Americas during his inaugural trip to Latin America next week amid an escalating trade fight and his harsh rhetoric on immigration .

President Donald Trump makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn as he leaves the White House, Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Washington. Trump is traveling to West Virginia to hold a discussion on taxes in White Sulphur Springs. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) © The Associated Press President Donald Trump makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn as he leaves the White House, Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Washington. Trump is traveling to West Virginia to hold a discussion on taxes in White Sulphur Springs. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is hoping to counter Chinese efforts to bolster its economic influence in the Americas during his inaugural trip to Latin America next week amid an escalating trade fight and his harsh rhetoric on immigration.

The White House said Thursday that Trump is set to attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, and will travel to Bogota, Colombia, to promote good governance and democracy in the Western Hemisphere.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hoping to counter Chinese efforts to bolster its economic influence in the Americas during his inaugural trip to Latin America next week amid an escalating trade fight and his harsh rhetoric on immigration . The White House says Trump is set to

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Administration officials said no news is expected at the summit on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement or on new sanctions on the Venezuelan government. Trump will hold meetings with several regional partners, though the final roster was still being finalized. Trump will meet with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota.

Trump is not expected to hold a meeting with Cuban leader Raul Castro, who will be attending the summit in one of his final acts before stepping down from office later this month.

As China has sought to make inroads in the region by funding infrastructure works and investing in businesses, the White House said Trump will argue that the U.S. should be the "partner of choice" for the region. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will also travel to Lima to participate in an associated summit for business leaders, the White House said.

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