On U.S.-Mexico Ties, Biden Can Take a Page From Trump’s Playbook

On U.S.-Mexico Ties, Biden Can Take a Page From Trump’s Playbook
Then-Vice President Joe Biden, left, with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who was a candidate in Mexico’s presidential election at the time, Mexico City, March 5, 2012 (AP photo by Alexandre Meneghini).

In contrast with Donald Trump’s single-minded focus on immigration, President-elect Joe Biden has promised a return to a more conventional, multidimensional approach to the United States’ relations with Mexico. But if President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s reluctance to congratulate Biden on his victory is any indication, a return to normalcy may not be what Mexico wants.

This week on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by Duncan Wood, the director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, to discuss the challenges ahead for U.S.-Mexico ties and how Biden might be able to use some of Trump’s aggressive tactics to steer the relationship in a beneficial direction. Click here to read a transcript of an excerpt from the interview.


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