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Then-Vice President Joe Biden during a press conference in Mexico City Then-Vice President Joe Biden during a press conference in Mexico City, Feb. 25, 2016 (AP photo by Rebecca Blackwell).

How Biden Should Approach U.S.-Mexico Relations

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020

Ties between the United States and Mexico took a hit in October, when Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, a former Mexican defense minister, was arrested in Los Angeles on federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges. U.S. investigators had allegedly identified him as a high-level collaborator with Mexico’s powerful drug cartels, known to the cartel members as “El Padrino”—The Godfather.

Mexico’s government was outraged at Cienfuegos’ arrest, with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador—or AMLO, as he is widely known—decrying it as a violation of the country’s sovereignty, even reportedly threatening to expel U.S. drug enforcement agents from Mexico if the charges weren’t dropped. The U.S. eventually agreed to turn the case over to Mexican investigators and allow Cienfuegos to return home. ...

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