AMLO’s Strange Trip to Washington Baffles Mexicans but Thrills Trump

President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the Rose Garden at the White House, Washington, July 8, 2020 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the Rose Garden at the White House, Washington, July 8, 2020 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

From the moment Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced plans for his first state visit to the United States, where he would meet with President Donald Trump at the White House, the news was greeted with a mixture of revulsion and astonishment. At home and abroad, critics and observers marveled at a decision to undertake a diplomatic mission so rife with potential to cause damage to Mexico and such negligible upside. The lone voices of support maintained that the lopsided odds belied the finely honed political instincts of AMLO, as Mexico’s president is widely known. Dismissing his critics, the […]

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