Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador spoke during a press conference on Wednesday when he addressed the recently upgraded travel advisory for his country, which he described as being “nosy” as well as in “bad taste”.
“How can I not go to New York, it is a beautiful city, (for) those who have the opportunity to do so,” Lopez Obrador said, according to comments translated by Vallarta Daily. ”It is a cosmopolitan city full of migrants, like a kind of capital of the world, and of course, they have problems like the ones we are going to see”.
The Mexican president reportedly continued by saying that he would not recommend against travel to New York despite crime levels there, while playing a video of an apparent robbery in America’s biggest city, according to Newsweek.
“There is no way that I say ‘do not go to New York because look at what is happening’, because it is also in bad taste, it is nosy, that is not serious”, Obrador was quoted as saying of the video. “It seems like this is a movie. This is New York. The black car, look at the way it robs (the other car).”
The US State Department said last month that it had a “limited ability to” help US citizens in Mexico because of “violent crime – such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – (which) is widespread and common in Mexico.”