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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A day before embarking on a trip to Latin America, President Obama described his planned talks with Latin American leaders as discussions among equals
"Times have changed," Obama told CNN en Español Wednesday. Referring to his planned meeting later this week with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, he said, "My relationship with President Lula is one of two leaders who both have big countries, that we are trying to solve problems and create opportunities for our people and we should be partners.
"There's no senior partner or junior partner."
Obama and Lula da Silva are among leaders scheduled to attend the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago.
Obama refused to criticize the leaders of Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, who have taken measures to change their constitutions to extend their holds on power.
Originally posted by jam321
I personally feel that Latin America has been treated as an unwanted step child by the US. I think this is the reason many of these Hispanic countries are turning against US policy. Despite the rhetoric, I still don't believe the US will treat them on an equal footing. US will listen, discuss options, return to Washington and put all Latin America's issues on the back burner until something flares up.