Categories for Chile

26,023. 6/25/2019

BUSINESS/CHILE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “A Chilean mining company whose owner has business ties to President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner was able to clear significant ‘roadblocks’ in the early days of the Trump administration in order to reverse Obama-era restrictions that prevented it from mining near protected land in Minnesota, The New York Times reported Monday. The Times, citing government emails and calendars it reviewed, said the Trump administration worked in early 2017 with the mining company, Antofagasta, in order to clear certain hurdles so the company could operate a copper mine near the Boundary Waters, ‘a vast landscape of federally protected lakes and forests along (Minnesota’s) border with Canada.’ According to the paper, the newly granted access to the mines has drawn criticism ‘because of an unusual connection’ between Andrónico Luksic, whose family owns the mining company, and Trump and Kushner, who serve as senior advisers to the President and rent their Washington, DC, home from Luksic for $15,000 a month.”

Devan Cole, “NYT: Ivanka Trump, Kushner have ‘unusual connection’ with Chilean company owner that worked with administration to secure mining lease,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 25, 2019 10:42 pm

25,992. 6/25/2019

BUSINESS/CHILE/ENVIRONMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “In the waning months of the Obama administration, a Chilean conglomerate was losing a fight with the United States government over a copper mine that it wanted to build near a pristine wilderness area in Minnesota. The election of President Trump, with his business-friendly bent, turned out to be a game-changer for the project. Beginning in the early weeks of Mr. Trump’s presidency, the administration worked at a high level to remove roadblocks to the proposed mine, government emails and calendars show, overruling concerns that it could harm the Boundary Waters, a vast landscape of federally protected lakes and forests along the border with Canada. Executives with the mining company, Antofagasta, discussed the project with senior administration officials, including the White House’s top energy adviser, the emails show. Even before an interior secretary was appointed to the new administration, the department moved to re-examine leases critical to the mine, eventually restoring those that the Obama administration had declined to renew.”

Hiroko Tabuchi and Steve Eder, “A Plan to Mine the Minnesota Wilderness Hit a Dead End. Then Trump Became President.,” The New York Times online, June 25, 2019

19,193. 9/28/2018

CHILE/CHINA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump met Friday [9-28-18] with President Sebastian Pinera of Chile at the White House for talks that focused on trade, security and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Trump welcomed Pinera to the Oval Office days after he imposed financial sanctions on members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s inner circle and suggested Maduro could be ousted in a military coup as a way to restore the country’s democracy. Tens of thousands of Venezuelan migrants are in Chile…It was Pinera’s first visit to the White House since he returned to Chile’s presidency last spring. Chile has been watching Trump’s trade fight with China, which is Chile’s largest trading partner. Chile is the world’s largest exporter of copper and its central bank has raised concerns about the U.S.-China trade and a decline in copper prices. The White House said after the meeting that the two leaders discussed security issues, freedom and democracy in the Americas and ‘fair and reciprocal’ trade between the two nations. Their consultations took place ahead of Trump’s first trip to Latin America in late November, when he’s scheduled to attend the G20 summit in Argentina and also visit Colombia.”

The Associated Press, “Trump Meets With Chilean Leader at the White House,” The New York Times online, September 28, 2018