White House FINALLY releases full list of Summit of the Americas attendees


White House FINALLY release full list of Summit of the Americas attendees WITHOUT any heads of state from Northern Triangle nations – but including Brazil’s ‘Trump of the Tropics’ Bolsonaro

  • The White House announced delegates on the day of the start of the conference
  • It confirmed that no heads of state of the three Northern Triangle countries – Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – would attend the conference 
  • They snubbed the event over Cuba, Nicaragua  and Venezuela not being invited 
  • ut Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, nicknamed the ‘Trump of the Tropics,’ will be face-to-face with President Joe Biden 
  • White House officials were peppered with questions throughout Monday on how the summit can have an impact if key leaders were sitting out 

The White House finally released on Tuesday morning a full list of delegation leaders for this week’s Summit of the Americas, which already kicked off in Los Angeles.

It confirmed that no heads of state of the three Northern Triangle countries – Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – would attend the conference, but Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, nicknamed the ‘Trump of the Tropics,’ would be face-to-face with President Joe Biden for the first time since he took office.

White House officials were peppered with questions throughout Monday on how the summit can have an impact if key leaders were sitting out.

The Northern Triangle countries ‘will be represented at the summit and will fully participate in the summit,’ a senior White House official argued on a call late Monday previewing Vice President Kamala Harris’ role in the summit this week. ‘They are sending delegations.’

El Salvador will be represented by Foreign Affairs Minister Alexandra Hill, Guatemala’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mario Adolfo Búcaro Flores will attend, as will Honduras’ Foreign Affairs Minister Enrique Reina.

Harris traveled to Honduras earlier this year to attend the inauguration of President Xiomara Castro, who opted out of attending the summit.

Brazil¿s President Jair Bolsonaro, nicknamed the ¿Trump of the Tropics' will be among the delegates at the Biden-hosted Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles this week

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, nicknamed the ‘Trump of the Tropics’ will be among the delegates at the Biden-hosted Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles this week

Honduran President Xiomara Castro

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

(Left to right) Honduran President Xiomara Castro, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador have announced they will not be attending 

Harris was tasked by President Joe Biden to tackle the ‘root causes’ of migration, with most migrants heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border coming from the Northern Triangle.

Earlier Monday, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed he wouldn’t be coming, making good on a boycott threat over the White House’s planned snub of Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega.

Castro also skipped for this reason.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday that Biden didn’t want ‘dictators’ to attend the conference.

‘The president’s principled position is that we do not believe dictators should be invited,’ Jean-Pierre said at Monday’s briefing. ‘Which is the reason that the president has decided not to attend,’ she added, referring to López Obrador’s position.

Jean-Pierre and other White House officials were then asked how Biden could be mulling a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – known as ‘MBS’ – which U.S. intelligence directly implicated in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, while refusing to host the trio of authoritarian leaders.

Jean-Pierre called Saudi Arabia ‘a strategic partner of the United States for nearly 80 years.’

‘You know, if he determines that it’s in the interest of the United States to engage with a foreign leader and that such an engagement can deliver results, then he’ll do it,’ the press secretary said.

The White House has so far not confirmed a trip to Saudi Arabia or a potential meeting with MBS.

‘We have at no time said, including in discussions of participation related to this summit, that we are severing all relations or refusing to engage with countries about whom we have significant concerns related to democratic governance,’ a senior White House official said during a briefing call later Monday. ‘We engage with countries like that in all parts of the world and we will engage with countries like that in our own hemisphere when we think it’s in our interest to do so.’

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday that Biden didn¿t want ¿dictators¿ to attend the conference

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday that Biden didn’t want ‘dictators’ to attend the conference

‘That’s a different question from whether and when we will invite those countries to participate in a regional gathering that we believe is intended to and is best served by celebrating the democratic principles that unite the vast majority of the hemisphere,’ the official continued. ‘So we think it’s a bit of an apples and oranges comparison.’

On the same call, a reporter asked why Bolsonaro should be rewarded with a Biden meeting, as the Brazilian leader facing re-election has been copying from former President Donald Trump’s playbook, warning that he might not accept the results of the 2022 election.

‘I guess what I would say about the decision to do a meeting is that President Bolsonaro is a democratically elected leader of Brazil, a country the United States shares a significant set of common interests and concerns,’ the senior administration official said.

Bolsonaro didn’t congratulate Biden on his 2020 election win until mid-December 2020 – more than a month after the race was called for the Democrat.

The full list of delegates attending the Summit of the Americas in LA

Antigua and Barbuda: The Honorable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina: His Excellency Alberto Fernández, President of the Argentine Republic

The Bahamas: The Honorable Philip Davis, Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Minister of Finance

Barbados: The Honorable Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados

Belize:The Honorable John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize

Bolivia: His Excellency Rogelio Mayta Mayta, Minister of External Relations of the Plurinational State of Bolivia

Brazil: His Excellency Jair Bolsonaro, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil

Canada: The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada

Chile: His Excellency Gabriel Boric Font, President of the Republic of Chile

Colombia: His Excellency Iván Duque, President of the Republic of Colombia

Costa Rica: His Excellency Rodrigo Chaves Robles, President of the Republic of Costa Rica

Dominica: The Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica

Dominican Republic: His Excellency Luis Abinader, President of the Dominican Republic

Ecuador: His Excellency Guillermo Lasso Mendoza, President of the Republic of Ecuador

El Salvador: Her Excellency Alexandra Hill, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of El Salvador

Grenada: The Honorable Nickolas Steele, Minister for Health and Social Security of Grenada

Guatemala: His Excellency Mario Adolfo Búcaro Flores, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala

Guyana: His Excellency Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana

Haiti: His Excellency Ariel Henry, Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti

Honduras: His Excellency Enrique Reina, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Honduras

Jamaica: The Most Honorable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica

Mexico: His Excellency Marcelo Ebrard, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States

Panama: His Excellency Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, President of the Republic of Panama

Paraguay: His Excellency Mario Abdo Benítez, President of the Republic of Paraguay

Peru: His Excellency Pedro Castillo, President of the Republic of Peru

Saint Kitts and Nevis: Her Excellency Thelma Browne, Ambassador of Saint Kitts and Nevis to the United States of America

Saint Lucia: The Honorable Philip J. Pierre, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia

Suriname: His Excellency Chandrikapersad Santokhi, President of the Republic of Suriname

Trinidad and Tobago: The Honorable Dr. Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

United States: The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President of the United States of America

Uruguay: His Excellency Francisco Bustillo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay

Organization of American States (OAS): His Excellency Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States

United Nations (UN): His Excellency António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nation

 

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