Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro react during a welcome ceremony in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. The United States is pressing Latin American leaders to deliver a message to Chinese leaders that they’re hurting their reputation in the hemisphere – and risking losing billions they have invested - by sticking with Maduro. . (Yao Dawei/Xinhua via AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro react during a welcome ceremony in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. The United States is pressing Latin American leaders to deliver a message to Chinese leaders that they’re hurting their reputation in the hemisphere – and risking losing billions they have invested - by sticking with Maduro. . (Yao Dawei/Xinhua via AP) Xinhua vía AP Yao Dawei
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro react during a welcome ceremony in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. The United States is pressing Latin American leaders to deliver a message to Chinese leaders that they’re hurting their reputation in the hemisphere – and risking losing billions they have invested - by sticking with Maduro. . (Yao Dawei/Xinhua via AP) Xinhua vía AP Yao Dawei

Franco Ordoñez is a White House correspondent for the McClatchy Washington Bureau with a focus on immigration and foreign affairs. He previously covered Latin American affairs for the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. He moved to Washington in 2011 after six years at the Charlotte Observer covering immigration and working on investigative projects for The Charlotte Observer.