Opposite of what the media was forecasting.
Mexico’s leftist new president said Wednesday that relations with U.S. President Donald Trump are “good,” and the two will probably talk soon about the immigration issue.
Many analysts had been expecting President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to run into headlong conflict with Trump, especially since a caravan of about 7,000 Central American migrants set up camp on the U.S. border last month. The caravan’s presence, and an attempt to cross the border en masse, led Trump to threaten to close the border.
But Lopez Obrador said he is hopeful the two sides can agree on development aid for Central America and southern Mexico to create jobs so people won’t have to emigrate.
“We are in constant communication, and the communication is good,” Lopez Obrador said Wednesday “Relations are good.”
“It is very likely that in coming days we will talk with President Donald Trump about this issue in particular, the immigration issue,” he said.
Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard has been in Washington for talks on the issue.
But Lopez Obrador sidestepped questions about whether Mexico will agree to house migrants while their asylum claims are processed in the United State, as U.S. officials have reportedly proposed.