President Trump’s statement that he is not ruling out a “military option” in Venezuela shifted the conversation in Latin America away from the Venezuelan dictatorship’s break with democratic rule. Peru’s president, the region’s most vocal critic of the Venezuelan regime, said talk of a U.S. invasion is a bad idea.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri did better than expected in the Aug. 13 primary elections, and now says in an interview that he may negotiate a “national accord” with moderate opposition governors to carry out a 20-year economic plan. That would be Argentina’s best bet in a long time to break with its populist past and restore investors’ confidence.
In an interview at the presidential palace, President Mauricio Macri said Argentina’s history of free spending governments and debt defaults is past. But what I saw on my way to the interview was a reminder that populism is still very much alive here.
I saw former Vice President Al Gore’s new documentary, “An Inconvenient Sequel” — where he warns about the threat of rising seas in Miami — in a Miami Beach theater. When I walked out, the streets were flooded.