President Trump Wants ‘Better ties with Mexico’
US President Donald Trump wants to strengthen and improve ties with Mexico after “bumps in the road,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Mexico’s new President Friday, following his landslide victory earlier this month.
President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, aka AMLO, in turn, handed Secretary Pompeo a letter addressed to President Trump with his plans to reset the relationship, focusing on trade, immigration, development and security.
The visit by Secretary Pompeo and other Top US officials was intended to signal the “deep importance” President Trump gives to what has been a strained relationship.
President Trump has chilled Mexico with demands that it pay for a border wall and his comments that it does nothing to slow illegal immigration. He is also pushing to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to favor the United States.
“We know there have been bumps in the road between our two countries but President Trump is determined to make the relationship between our peoples better and stronger,” Secretary Pompeo said at the start of the 50-min meeting with Lopez Obrador, who will take office on 1 December.
Senior officials including Jared Kushner, President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, were in the delegation led by Secretary Pompeo.
Since President Trump’s election, FM Luis Videgaray has sought to avoid the collapse of the trillion-dollar NAFTA trade deal, cultivating close contact with the White House through Mr. Kushner and supporting closer diplomatic and security ties.
President-elect Lopez Obrador has said that he wants good relations with the United States. Despite ideological differences with President Trump, the 2 leaders share nationalist and populist leanings, so much so that ALMO has been nick named “Juan Trump”.
Speaking to the media after the meeting with Mr. Lopez Obrador, Secretary Pompeo said he had “respectfully reinforced” the importance of border security.
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