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Mexican President to Hold First Meeting With Trump

WASHINGTON—Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will meet with his U.S. counterpart, President Donald Trump, for the first time on Wednesday.

The meeting is ostensibly meant to celebrate a new North American trade deal, but friction over illegal immigration and energy investment in Mexico could surface as the two men get together on Wednesday afternoon.

Lopez Obrador is being joined by a delegation of business officials, including Mexicos richest man, telecoms magnate Carlos Slim. They will dine on Wednesday evening with Trump and American business executives at the White House.

Trump at border wall
President Donald Trump speaks with Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott (R) as they participates in a ceremony commemorating the 200th mile of border wall at the international border with Mexico in San Luis, Ariz., on June 23, 2020. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

Ongoing Mexican support for Trumps immigration policies is likely to feature prominently on the agenda, as well as how to mitigate coronavirus disruptions and keep goods flowing between the neighbors, whose economies are deeply entwined.

It is unclear if Trump will address disputes between U.S. companies and Lopez Obradors government, which is rolling back a 2013-14 opening of the energy industry in favor of a state-led model, and has called a number of major contracts into question.

A senior Trump administration official said Mexicos government had pledged to uphold those contracts.

“So, we are certainly hoping that they will keep their word,” the official said in a briefing with reporters.

The trip, Lopez Obradors first foreign visit since taking office in late 2018, saw him travel commercially to Washington. One video posted on Twitter on Tuesday showed him wearing a face mask and flying coach on a packed plane.

The summit was pitched to mark the July start of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement that Trump has called a “nightmare” that cost American jobs.

The Epoch Times

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