This Monday, President López Obrador leaves Mexico for Washington DC to meet his counterpart Joe Biden on Tuesday.
Days before the visit of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to Washington, where he will meet with his American counterpart, Joe Biden, Donald Trump insisted that the Mexican is his “socialist friend”, whose government even offered to send more soldiers to the border. to stop undocumented migration.
Trump participated in a rally on Saturday in Anchorage, Alaska, where he campaigned for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who is running for Alaska’s only seat in the federal House of Representatives.
During his speech, the former US president repeated that in his administration, “Mexico gave us 28,000 soldiers for free. Do you know why the soldiers gave us? Because I told them: ‘if you don’t do it, we will apply tariffs to all Mexican products that enter the United States.’ They told me ‘Mr. President, we would love to give you 28 thousand soldiers, we would love to”.
According to Trump, the Mexican government even asked him: “Do you want more? Because we can gladly give you more.’” However, the Republican said he answered “no, because he would have nowhere to put them.”
As he has said in the past, Trump referred to López Obrador as “a great guy, he is a socialist, but a good guy (…) and together we set records never seen before, our border was the safest in recent US history,” the Republican said.
In January 2021, while still president, Trump described López Obrador as “a great president of Mexico, a great gentleman and a friend of mine.”
The Mexican president has also described Trump as his friend.
This Monday, López Obrador travels to Washington to meet with Biden. It will be his first meeting after the Mexican refused to attend the Summit of the Americas in June, upset by the US decision to exclude Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela from the event. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard attended in his place.
The Mexican head of state pointed out that the central theme of the meeting will be migration. The meeting takes place weeks after the tragedy in San Antonio, Texas, when 53 migrants lost their lives, 22 of them Mexicans, who were abandoned in a trailer. Most of the migrants suffocated to death, as they had no water, air conditioning or ventilation. Others lost their lives in the hospital from related causes.