U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make an unexpected visit to Buenos Aires Monday to meet with Argentine President Cristina Fernández.
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Fernández, who spoke very highly of U.S. President Barack Obama a year ago, was critical of him a few days ago.
“The expectations we had haven’t been met,” Fernandez said. “There is a sensation in the region of lost opportunity. There was a lot of hope for Obama.”
Valenzuela responded by saying that everyone has a right to voice his or her opinion about U.S. foreign policy. He added that Obama is more popular in the region than are some presidents in their own countries. That was interpreted by some as a dig at Fernández, who declined to meet with Valenzuela on his last visit to Argentina.
Fernández is one of the least popular leaders in Latin American with an approval rating that, according to recent polls, hovers around 20%. She downplays such polls, however, saying they are carried out by anti-government conspirators.
Fernández says the government conducts its own polls, which it has never published, and that those surveys show her to be much more popular.