President Trump suggested that talks between his administration and Mexico’s newly-empowered president are running smoothly as the governments huddled to discuss the Central American migrant crisis.
Trump didn’t attend the inauguration of his counterpart over the weekend – he was concluding a grueling weekend of travel to South America for a gathering of world leaders – but predicted in a Monday tweet that they would have a positive relationship.
‘Congratulations to newly inaugurated Mexican President @lopezobrador_. He had a tremendous political victory with the great support of the Mexican People. We will work well together for many years to come!’ Trump said.
President Trump suggested that talks between his administration and Mexico’s newly-empowered president are running smoothly as the governments huddled to discuss the Central American migrant crisis
Trump didn’t attend the inauguration of his counterpart over the weekend – he was concluding a grueling weekend of travel to South America for a gathering of world leaders – but predicted in a Monday tweet that they would have a positive relationship
Trump offered his congratulations hours after Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spoke about how he had been ‘respected’ by the U.S. leader in his first speech to Mexico’s Congress as president.
Obrador gave nods to the U.S. and Canada in his inaugural speech, which the president’s daughter Ivanka and Vice President Mike Pence attended as part of the official U.S. delegation.
The Vice President of the United States and the senior White House official were the first foreign dignitaries that Obrador greeted from the podium on Saturday.
He said in his remarks that since he was elected, ‘I have received respectful treatment from President Donald Trump.’
Trump had just signed a landmark trade agreement the day before with exiting Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. He’s looking to make a separate deal on immigration with Obrador that would see Mexico house migrants seeking asylum instead of allowing them to cross the border and resettle in the U.S. while they await hearings.
His Monday tweet complimenting Obrador followed a push earlier in the day for Congress to fund his long-promised border wall, which he said as a candidate would be paid for by Mexico.
Pena Nieto refused, leaving Trump to task the American taxpayer with affording the structure he says is necessary to keep out drugs and crime.
Obador has also vowed not to pay for the wall. He did not discuss it during the speech, however, that raged against a ‘rapacious’ elite that he said had allowed the country to be overrun by poverty.
Obrador vowed to profoundly transform Latin America’s second-biggest economy and to end corruption in the government
Tens of thousands packed into Mexico City’s vast main square to watch Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 65, receiving a spiritual cleansing by indigenous leaders
In one of his first official acts, Mexico’s new Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard met with U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday for what he called a ‘friendly’ meeting amid tensions over the migrant crisis at the border.
‘Friendly conversation as a first approach towards a long standing understanding between Mexico and the USA,’ Ebrard said on Twitter. ‘I thank him for his attitude and respect towards the new administration of President Lopez Obrador.’
Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO for short, is a leftist who was sworn in on Saturday, five months after a landslide election win.
On Sunday, Pompeo and Ebrard discussed a ‘shared commitment to address our common challenges and opportunities for the future,’ according to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.
The two countries are grappling with how to handle the thousands of Central American migrants who are camped at the common border — in the short and long terms.
President Trump is pressuring Lopez Obrador to accept a deal to keep asylum-seeking migrants in Mexico while their claims are processed in the United States.
Last week, Ebrard said he would like to see a sort of ‘Marshall Plan’ to foster development in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, akin to what the United States did to help rebuild Europe after World War II.
Ebrard said such a plan would help shrink the number of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries and heading to the United States.
The First Daughter beamed in a white jumpsuit as she and the other delegates arrived at the ceremonies held in Mexico City
She added: ‘Congratulations to the people of Mexico. It is an honor to join you in celebrating this historic day.’ Ivanka accessorized her look with a intricate turquoise broach
Today I will be accompanying @VP Pence, @SecondLady and members of the Presidential Delegation for the inauguration of President @lopezobrador_,’ she said
On Sunday, officials in the Mexican border city of Tijuana shut down a makeshift shelter in a sports complex housing migrants, citing unsanitary conditions, and moved them to a different facility.
Of the original 6,000 migrants who had massed in the city, only about 2,000 went to the new center, a city official told AFP.
Cold temperatures and driving rain made conditions in the open-air shelter too difficult.
Another 500 remained near the original site, fearing the move was a precursor to being deported, and were sleeping in the streets, the official said.
The whereabouts of the rest were not known.
The migrants, most of them from gang-plagued Honduras, had traveled for weeks hoping to reach the United States.
A week ago, US authorities fired tear gas and rubber bullets at about 500 migrants including women and children who had tried to breach the US-Mexico border.
The confrontation prompted hundreds of migrants to either head home or seek to remain in Mexico.
An aerial view of a new shelter in Tijuana for Central American migrants — most of them from Honduras — hoping to reach the United States, after a first shelter was shut down