Regional leaders are pushing for a summit with President Donald Trump, sooner rather than later. Caribbean foreign ministers meeting in the Bahamas this week are scheduled to have extensive discussions on the issue as anxieties about the region being ignored and left behind by the current state of unpredictably in the U.S. mount. Regional governments are used to at least one or two full summit meetings with a sitting American president during a four-year term, but they have not yet been able to persuade the current US President. Regional officials worry about the Trump administration’s policy position of ‘America first,’ which has resulted in controversial immigration and trade policy decisions. Immigration issues, problems with American commercial banks cutting correspondent banking ties with those in the region because of alleged operational risks and the need to engage on climate change are among areas of major importance to the Caribbean.

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