A U.S. presidential candidate says Washington should take greater measures to prevent anti-Americanism from spreading in Central and South America.

Republican Party Senator John McCain said Wednesday as the United States focuses elsewhere in the world, anti-Americanism is growing in Latin America.

He said this has allowed dangerous militants to take root there and become an increasing threat to U.S. national security.

He said the U.S. should improve relations with its regional neighbors by increasing trade and ending economic isolation.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.