Trump’s New Ambassador to Colombia Was Once Expelled from Bolivia


Donald Trump has nominated Philip Goldberg, who was once expelled from Bolivia amid claims that he was fomenting dissent against then-president Evo Morales, as the new U.S. ambassador to Colombia. Unlike Bolivia, Colombia has long been a staunch ally of the U.S., which views it as a bulwark against leftwing governments across the region.

Goldberg once served as the coordinator of Plan Colombia at the U.S. embassy in Bogotá. Through the initiative, which began in 2000, the U.S. provided Colombia with nearly USD $10 billion in aid, 71 percent of which went to Colombian security forces. Watchdogs say that rather than help Colombia win on the battlefield, Plan Colombia intensified a wave of paramilitary violence that victimized more than 6 million people.

“He’ll probably be more focused on military assistance and crop eradication than on peace accord implementation and protecting human rights,” said Adam Isacson, the director for defense oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America, a thinktank. “But that’s the current U.S. stance, anyway.”

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The Guardian