U.S. It is not expected that President Donald Trump will meet the leaders of Cuba and Venezuela when he arrives at the summit of the Americas next week, according to White House officials. However, the two-day summit, starting in Lima, Peru on April 13, will provide opportunities for interaction between Trump and his Latin and North American counterparts.
The gathering is taking place as Trump's plans for military deployment to the US concludes US border with Mexico and threatens to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA. In addition, Trump's recently imposed steel and aluminum tariffs have sparked criticism from many of the summit's participants, although some countries have received temporary exceptions.
Despite all the turmoil, White House officials have outlined a fairly traditional agenda for the summit.
"A victory for this president at this summit will be a strong speech focusing on regional governance, leadership in Venezuela and promoting mutual trade," said a senior administration official.
The official would not say if Trump will continue "Speak his Opinion" during the summit on sensitive issues such as immigration.
Trump has repeatedly portrayed immigration from South and Central America as national security and economic threat. During his presidential campaign, Trump accused Mexico of sending rapists, drug dealers and criminals across the border.
Trump is also in conflict with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto over financing a US-Mexico border. The president has long insisted that Mexico pay for the wall.
The controversy became so hot earlier this year that Pena Nieto canceled plans to visit the White House. It is not clear if Trump will hold a personal meeting with Pena Nieto during the summit, US officials said
But Trump will not meet with Cuban leader Raul Castro or anyone from the Venezuelan delegation, White House officials said.
"Obviously the Cubans will take part in the summit, so there will be a mix of regional leaders, but we do not expect a direct meeting between President Trump and Castro at this point."
Trump has taken a more hostile attitude towards Cuba by reversing the warming of relations between former US President Barack Obama and the Communist government in Havana.
Trump has also imposed sanctions against Venezuela. White House officials said they do not expect any new announcements of sanctions against Venezuela at the summit.
"We expect President [Nicolas] Maduro will not appear," said a senior government official The US delegation will represent, among others, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and senior adviser.
At this point, the US authorities are not expecting discussions on NAFTA at the summit, and these negotiations are conducted separately