Mexico’s New President Says Relations with Donald Trump are Good
Wednesday, Mexico’s new President said that relations with US President Donald Trump are “good,” and that they will probably talk soon about the immigration issue.
Many analysts had been expecting President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador aka AMOL to run into headlong conflict with President Trump, especially since a caravan of about 7,000 Central American migrants set up camp on the US border last month.
The invader’s presence, and an attempt to cross the border en masse, led President Trump to threaten to close the border to all traffic.
ButPresident Lopez Obrador said he is hopeful the 2 sides can agree on development aid for Central America and southern Mexico to create jobs so people will not decide to emigrate.
“We are in constant communication, and the communication is good,” President Lopez Obrador said. “Relations are good.”
“It is very likely that in coming days we will talk with President Donald Trump about this issue in particular, the immigration issue,” he said.
Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard has been in Washington for talks on the issue.
AMOL sidestepped questions about whether Mexico will agree to house migrants while their asylum claims are processed in the United State, as US officials have reportedly proposed.
Still in his 1st week in office, Lopez Obrador said he is weighing what steps to take in regard to his extremely loose personal security arrangements, which have been widely criticized.
“We are looking at this issue,” the president said, “My friends, family, civic activists, you (the press) are constantly bringing it to my attention.”
Lopez Obrador holds news conferences every morning, and at Tuesday’s conference, an activist came in among the journalists and ran up to AMOL at the end of the conference to present him with a petition.
A staffer shadowed the woman but did not stop her from reaching the President, who accepted the papers she gave him, and gave her a hug and a peck on the cheek.
Reporters have to pass through a metal detector to enter the National Palace, where the conferences are held, but Lopez Obrador routinely shakes hands in crowds where there are no such security filters.
“I do not feel or perceive any threat,” he said. “I think anybody who fights for justice has nothing to fear.”
Lopez Obrador thrives on contact with common people and crowds; he has dismissed the military presidential guard corps and has set in motion plans to sell the presidential jet and flies economy class.
“I do notwant to lose the relationship with the people, with the citizenry, I do not want a fence around me,” AMOL said.
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