Source: RT en Español
What it’s about: The article is about the Pacific Alliance’s new strategy in the wake of United States President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on a multitude of goods, and how that could lead to a free trade agreement with Mercosur. The article continues by highlighting the Pacific Alliance’s joint declaration with Mercosur and the ways the region would benefit from greater cooperation between the two blocs.
What’s misleading about it: In the article, the author writes that in her opening speech, Alicia Bárcena, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), signaled that tariffs imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump reached almost $200 billion, and alerted that if the U.S. went ahead with its announced 10% increase in tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China, the figure would increase considerably. While most of the information in the article is true, Bárcena never said U.S. tariffs alone affected almost $200 billion worth of goods. Instead, she indicated the imposition of numerous trade restrictions from around the world accounted to $200 billion dollars. For that reason, we’re labeling this article as misleading.