President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala made a low-risk but high-profile diplomatic decision when he cast one of the nine UN General Assembly votes in support of President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. In his eyes, staying in Trump’s good graces will accrue benefits that far outweigh the costs of falling into disfavor with Arab countries.
“This is a pretty low-cost way for Morales to make sure the Trump administration is on his side,” said Michael Shifter, head of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based think tank. Morales is no stranger to international controversy. In August, the former TV comedian came under fire from the United Nations, the European Union and the U.S. ambassador in Guatemala for attempting to expel a U.N.-backed prosecutor seeking to put him on trial for alleged corruption.”
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