Tom Cooney, head of the US Embassy in Buenos Aires since January, has stated that Donald Trump is very likely to visit Argentina next year. Following Obama’s 2016 visit to Argentina and Macri’s recent trip to the US, this would make three presidential visits between the countries in three consecutive years for the first time in history.
The two presidents have been acquainted since the 80s. According to Cooney, “The personal chemistry between the two of them was evident, sincere and genuine. We are focused on building a long-term, mature and positive relationship, not just about two heads of state. We want to avoid the highs and lows we saw in recent decades. It was an important week for the relationship.”
When asked about these highs and lows, Cooney avoided the question, instead saying: “I prefer to focus on the future. Since last year we’ve seen a great improvement in the relationship. And what really gives me confidence is that the positive change started in Obama’s Democratic administration and carried on under Trump’s Republican administration. For the first time in history there will be presidential visits in three consecutive years. Next year it’s very likely that Trump will come to Argentina for the G20 summit.”
The summit is to be held in Buenos Aires next year, which will be the first time it takes place in South America. In the meeting between the two leaders at the White House last Thursday, Trump insinuated that he would indeed be present at the 2018 summit in Argentina.