December 19, 2013
Obama wants US Air Force cargo equipment back, US newspaper
US President Barack Hussein Obama expressed concern about the recent incident in which Argentina seized part of the cargo of a US military plane that was carrying supplies for a joint military exercise, according to US newspaper The Miami Herald’s Argentine columnist Andrés Oppenheimer.
The columnist says to have interviewed the US Head of State but it was more Obama answering questions during his joint news conference with President of El Salvador Mauricio Funes at the National Palace in San Salvador, El Salvador, in which the US president went over his relationship with Latin America. Furthermore, the lobbyst mentioned to have asked Obama “whether his White House spokesman had over-reacted when he described the incident with Argentina as “serious”, and whether the whole issue has already been solved”, to what Obama answered “No.”
Likewise, Obama said that Cristina Isabel Fernández de Kirchner’s decision to seize equipment from a US Air Force cargo plane was “serious in the sense that Argentina historically has been a friend and a partner of the United States. They have some of our communications equipment. There is no reason not to return it. And next time I see President Kirchner, I will mention, ‘Can we get our equipment back?’ But it’s not going to be a defining aspect of the US-Argentine relationship.”