Mexican President Delivers Surprising Letter to Trump
President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Sunday released a seven-page letter he sent to U.S. President Donald Trump detailing how he plans to improve Mexico’s economy and security when he takes office in December so that Mexicans do not feel the need to migrate.
“There will be many changes,” he promised in the letter. “And in this new atmosphere of progress with well-being, I’m sure we can reach agreements to confront together the migration phenomenon as well as the problem of border insecurity.”
Lopez Obrador also suggested the two countries draft a development plan backed by public funds and invite Central American countries to join, with the aim of making it “economically unnecessary” for Central Americans to migrate.
Marcelo Ebrard, who is slated to become Mexico’s foreign minister, read the letter aloud to reporters gathered at Lopez Obrador’s political party headquarters. Ebrard said Trump had received the letter.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he and Mexico’s president elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador discussed how the two countries could advance common goals on economy, trade as well as resolve border issues pic.twitter.com/rWu9TNh3vi— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) July 13, 2018
Mexico's president-elect expressed optimism about working with President Trump, writing, "I am encouraged by the fact that we both know how to do what we say, and we have both faced adversity with success. We manage to put our voters and citizens at the center and displace the establishment."
Last week, Trump confirmed that he had productive conversations with Lopez Obrador.