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Donald Trump congratulates new leftist Mexico leader

  • Published at 11:08 am July 2nd, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:08 am July 2nd, 2018
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File photo of US President Donald Trump Reuters

Trump, who during his presidential campaign charged that some Mexican immigrants were 'criminals' and 'rapists,' early in his presidency ordered the building of a wall along the 2,000 mile (3,200-kilometer) US-Mexico border

US President Donald Trump has congratulated Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on his landslide victory in Mexico's presidential vote.

Trump on Saturday congratulated the new Mexican president by saying he looks “very much forward to working” with the anti establishment leftist.

"There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!" Tweeted the US Republican leader, whose anti trade, anti immigration policies have plunged bilateral ties between the neighbours to a historic low.

Trump, who during his presidential campaign charged that some Mexican immigrants were "criminals" and "rapists,"early in his presidency ordered the building of a wall along the 2,000 mile (3,200-kilometer) US-Mexico border.

More recently, Mexico slammed Trump for calling migrants "animals." The outgoing Mexican president, Enrique Pena Nieto, has twice cancelled plans to visit Washington over Trump's ongoing insistence that Mexico pay for the wall.

The White House additionally is scrambling to calm international outrage over a Trump policy that had allowed the separation of migrant children from their parents at the border.

The brash US leader has also threatened to tear up NAFTA, the two decade old North American Free Trade Agreement.

Talks to renegotiate the terms of the pact between the US, Mexico and Canada have been bogged down by efforts to satisfy Trump's demands.

The sharp tongued Lopez Obrador meanwhile ascended to the presidency on a vow to fight for a "radical turn" in Mexico, a country deluged in corruption scandals and ravaged by a bloody drug war.

Concerning the thorny US-Mexico relationship, the leftist president elect has promised to put Trump "in his place."


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