Washington Waits for a President in Brazil

clock icon

Sep 29, 7:34 PM |

By Sam Aman

Altamar co-host Peter Schechter speaks to Folha de São Paulo about Washington’s foreign policy priorities in Latin America, and where Brazil, with its unpopular administration, fits into the picture:

Brazil’s political crisis and the instability of the government are among the factors hampering relations between Brasília and Washington, according to Peter Schechter, foreign policy specialist and host of Altamar podcast.

“Trump’s White House sees the Temer government as temporary and full of problems,” said Peter during a presentation at the American Chamber of Commerce. “They have no reason to engage more; they don’t know if the Temer government will be around for much longer.”

Uncertainty within the American government also contributes to the paralysis. There are still hundreds of empty chairs at the Department of State.

Read the full article in Portuguese in Folha de São Paulo.

about host

About the Hosts

Peter Schechter works in both politics and policy. He served as the Atlantic Council’s senior vice president for strategic initiatives and previously co-founded a premier strategic communications company, working as a political campaign advisor in more than 20 countries.  Muni Jensen is a former Colombian diplomat, columnist, and television political commentator.