Biden’s top adviser on Latin America will leave his position in March

Juan González, the most important advisor to the President of the United States, Joe Biden, for Latin America, According to a spokeswoman for the newspaper, he will resign from his position in mid-March White House.

González, of Colombian descent, has been the main architect of U.S. policy toward Venezuela, confident that lifting sanctions could lead to the government of Nicholas Maduro to hold free and fair elections this year.

The adviser traveled to Caracas with other US advisers in March 2022 to meet with Maduro, in what was the first official trip by White House members to Venezuela in two decades.

González also played a key role in U.S. negotiations with Mexico to establish the Bicentennial Understanding, the new strategy that lays the groundwork to improve security in both countries, reduce arms trafficking to Mexico and combat drug trafficking.

Similarly, González was behind the creation of the Alliance for Economic Prosperity in the Americas (APEP), an initiative launched by Biden at the 2022 Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles that aims to combat economic inequality and strengthen democracy promote.

This initiative also aims to strengthen supply chains in the region and features private investment in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Born in Cartagena (Colombia), González has a particularly close relationship with Biden: he has been director for Latin America of the White House National Security Council since the president took power in January 2021 and was one of his key advisors on the field of foreign policy during the campaign for the 2020 elections.

In addition, González was one of Biden’s top advisors for Latin America during Barack Obama’s second term as vice president (2009-2017).

González will be replaced by Daniel Erikson, who currently holds the position of “number two” in the Latin America portfolio at the US Department of Defense, the White House spokesman said.

Erikson was an advisor to Biden when he was vice president and also assisted him during the transition period, after he won the 2020 election against former President Donald Trump (2017-2021).

Source: El heraldo