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The leader of the Parliament and president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó (C), speaks this Friday during his first public appearance since his oath before thousands of people, in a plaza in the east of Caracas (Venezuela). EFE/Miguel Gutiérrez

The White House's intervention in one of the most serious humanitarian crises in the region has unleashed all kinds of political posturing. The true intentions behind the Trump administration's apparent gesture of solidarity remain to be seen.

OP-ED]: Trump is hurting America’s friends abroad

 05/10/2017 - 09:26
t is now quite possible -- in fact, likely -- that the next president of Mexico will be an anti-American socialist-populist similar to Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was polling around 10 percent at the start of 2015. He is now around 30 percent, the front-runner among the potential candidates for next year’s election. File

There has been much focus on Donald Trump’s erratic foreign policy -- the outlandish positions, the many flip-flops, the mistakes. But far more damaging in the long run might be what some have termed the Trump effect -- the impact of Trump on the domestic politics of other countries. That effect appears to be powerful, negative and enduring. It could undermine decades of American foreign policy successes.

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Fareed Zakaria