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No fixes in sight for Trump's troubled ties with Latin America

Donald Trump standing in front of border wall prototype
President Trump in front of a border wall prototype in San Diego. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Distraught as much of the international community was over President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Latin American leaders may have seen it coming earlier than many. Since the campaign trail, Trump has set a new, highly disruptive tone for U.S. relations with the region.

Why it matters: With a few notable exceptions, Latin America sees itself as supporting the principles of the liberal international order, particularly cooperation on nuclear arms control. The U.S. withdrawal from the Iran deal will make it much harder for the region's leaders to sell their publics on the idea that the U.S. lives up to its commitments.