QCOSTARICA – Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump “is interesting, as a psychiatric case”, for former Costa Rica president Abel Pacheco de la Espriella (2002 – 2006).
With less than two months before the U.S. election on November 8, Pacheco crosses his fingers that Trump does not win, because in his opinion he would not only be bad for Latin America but for all humanity.
“Donald Trump is interesting, but as a psychiatric case and nothing else. I see with terror we could get a surprise and he wins, putting the world at serious risk. Through the history of mankind, we have seen how civilized countries, are seduced by populist people,” Pacheco said.
The former president asserts that Trump, if elected to office, could break the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed by the United States with Central America, with the aim of bringing back (to the U.S.) American companies that today do business around the world.
Pacheco, one of six children of a banana grower, who in 2002 was elected on a platform to continue free market reforms and to institute an austerity program, is a medical doctor who graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México with a degree in Psychiatry from Louisiana State University.
During the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s Pacheco was a popular presenter of short programs on Costa Rican television, while continuing to teach at the University of Costa Rica (UCR).
Pacheco is the author of a number of books, including both, fiction and non-fiction and was awarded with the prize “Citizen of the World” for his valuable contribution to culture and literature around the world.