However Mr. Claver-Carone dismissed the opposition in Latin America as “a handful of countries that for whatever reason — because their own candidates haven’t been able to get off the ground — are looking for ways to hijack the election.”And he has necessary backers in Congress: Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, and Senator Robert Menéndez, Democrat of New Jersey, have each endorsed him.Noting that he has “not always agreed” with Mr. Claver-Carone, Senator Menéndez counseled his “consistent commitment to advancing U.S. national security, our foreign policy interests, and an agenda of shared priorities with our partners in the hemisphere.”Mr. Claver-Carone determined to hunt the job after the present president, Mr. Moreno, rejected his bid to develop into government vp earlier this yr, in keeping with 4 folks aware of the discussions.The concept to run for the highest job, Mr. Claver-Carone stated, got here from two presidents within the area who had known as to ask him if he had thought-about searching for the highest job. (He declined to call the presidents, saying solely that one was from South America and the opposite from Central America.)“We started calling our partners and allies in the region saying, hey, what do you think, is this feasible?” Mr. Claver-Carone stated. There was, he stated “a big sense of relief” at the concept that he would helm the establishment, partly as a result of it confirmed the U.S. cared concerning the bank.Proper earlier than saying his candidacy, Mr. Claver-Carone known as Brazilian officers and requested them to not put ahead their very own candidate, Rodrigo Xavier, a former Bank of America government, and to again Mr. Claver-Carone as a substitute, in keeping with three folks aware of the matter. He stated he would give a Brazilian the coveted No. 2 job if he gained, the folks stated.