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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Latin America Business 2016: Best Quotes on Trump

The best quotes of the year in Latin America business related to Trump.



The editorial staff of Latinvex selects the best quotes of the year relating to Latin America business and Donald Trump. (For non-Trump-related quotes, see Latin America Business 2016: Best Quotes).  


"Cuban politics are unpredictable because they are opaque. Trump is opaque because he is so unpredictable."
Peter Hakim, president emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue, in the 
Inter-American Dialogue's daily Latin American Adviser, December 8, 2016.


"Donald Trump's actions were a shakedown, plain and simple."
John Tamny, Political Economy editor at Forbes, on Donald Trump's pressure on Carrier to keep from moving jobs to Mexico, in Forbes, Dec. 7, 2016. 

“When a politician rewards his business friends and punishes his business enemies it’s called crony capitalism."
Keith Hennessey, director of the National Economic Council under President George W. Bush, in his personal blog, December 5, 2016, on Donald Trump's pressure on Carrier to keep from moving jobs to Mexico.

"We know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail."
Sarah Palin criticizing Donald Trump's pressure on Carrier to keep from moving jobs to Mexico, in Young Conservatives, December 2, 2016.

"Trump and his acolytes and his base believe globalization is the root of all evil and trade agreements are at the base of that evil."
Riordan Roett, Director of the Latin American Studies Program at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, in Latinvex, November 15, 2016.

"One thing is training for the game; another is actually playing it."
Brazil Foreign Minister Jose Serra on US President-Elect Donald Trump's campaign pledges to implement protectionist policies, as quoted by Reuters, November 9, 2016.

“I do think that he would be a horror film for North America in particular.”
Cinepolis CEO Alejandro Ramirez on Donald Trump's threat to end or renegotiate NAFTA, as quoted by Bloomberg, October 4, 2016.


"It's really unfortunate when politics get in the way of the facts."
Ford CEO Mark Fields, saying Donald Trump is completely wrong when he says that Ford plans to move its U.S. operations to Mexico, or even shift future investment outside the country, as quoted by CNN, September 15, 2016.

"If the man does a fraction of what he says he will, we could go back to the '30s. It gives me the goose bumps."
Peru Central Bank Governor Julio Velarde, on Donald Trump becoming president in the United States, as quoted by Reuters, September 7, 2016.

"Does Trump Even Know What NAFTA Is?"
Simon Lester, trade policy analyst with Cato’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, in  a commentary, July 21, 2016.


"As an American, frankly, I'm embarrassed by his statements."
Robert Zoellick, former World Bank President and US Trade Representative, as quoted by Reuters, April 27, 2016, on comments by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump that Mexico is "killing" the United States on trade and sending rapists and drug runners north, and his threats to impose tariffs against Mexico and build a wall to stop illegal immigrants crossing the border.


Trump is "exploiting feelings like Hitler did in his time."
Felipe Calderon, Mexico's president 2006-12, as quoted by Reuters, February 27, 2016.

"He reminds me of Hitler."
Vicente Fox, Mexico's president 2000-2006, to Anderson Cooper on CNN., February 26, 2016.



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