MEXICO CITY – Mexican President-designate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador seems to spend at least a short honeymoon with US President Donald Trump
Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray has a tender relationship with President on Wednesday Enrique Pena Nieto mentioned that Lopez Obrador apparently built with Trump.
"We see with excitement and joy the good relationships that the future government of Mexico is building with the United States," said Videaray. "A good relationship between Mexico and the US is something we will always celebrate."
In January 2017, Pena Nieto had to cancel his first scheduled official meeting with Trump because the US president insisted on talking about building a border wall and allowing Mexico to pay for it. Since then, the relationship has often been awkward and rocky.
But since Lopez Obrador won a scathing victory in Mexico's July 1 election – he's expected to take office on December 1 – the exchange with Trump was full of mutual praise.
Last week, Lopez Obrador sent a warm letter to Trump saying, "I am encouraged by the fact that we both know how to live up to our word, and we have both successfully overcome adversity," wrote Lopez Obrador. "We have both managed to put our voters and citizens at the center and displace the establishment and the dominant regime."
On Tuesday, Lopez Obrador published a letter in which Trump replied, "We both achieved electoral success with a clear vision to make our countries stronger and better."
Trump at least agreed with Lopez Obrador's idea of development aid Central America to curb immigration.
"I believe that overcoming the challenge of illegal immigration involves more than just strong border security," wrote Trump. "We are ready to press ahead with the economic developments and security issues that drive Central American migration, but we must also step up cooperation to protect the rule of law and sovereignty of both countries."
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