We "Displaced The Political Establishment", Mexico's Leftist Leader Tells Trump

Though maverick leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador confidently pledged during his campaign to "put (Trump) in his place," the incoming president of Mexico has revealed that he sent a letter to President Trump in hopes of jump-starting a new relationship between the neighboring countries. 

The letter was reportedly delivered via a delegation of senior US officials that met him in Mexico City on July 13, and its contents read aloud by Obrador's proposed foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard at a press conference on Sunday. It suggests that the U.S. and Mexican administrations should work together on key issues of trade, migration, development and security after cooperation in these areas have reached their lowest point in decades, and further floated the idea of establishing a fund toward that end

"I am encouraged by the fact that we both know how to fulfill what we say and we have faced adversity successfully. We managed to put our voters and citizens at the center, and displace the political establishment," Lopez Obrador wrote to Trump while playing on the sense of both leaders having general "outsider" status. 

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with his book "Oye Trump" published just over a year ago in June 2017. 

It appears the conciliatory letter could already be making a positive impact, as Trump on Monday afternoon announced he's currently talking with Mexico about "very dramatic" trade action, according to Bloomberg. Speaking at the White House "Made in America" event, the president said further that Mexico's President-elect Obrador is "a terrific person" after the two spoke "at length on a call". 

Lopez Obrador's letter further called for joint efforts by U.S., Mexico, and Central American countries to seek initiatives that would directly engage the root causes of migration, identified by Obrador as the result of trends in poverty and violence that pushes people from their homes.

Crucially, the president-elect called on Trump to pursue renewed NAFTA negotiations, stalled after a year of talks involving wide disagreements over such issues ranging from auto-content rules to a sunset clause. 

Since then, as an AFP report concludes: "US tariffs on Mexican steel and aluminum, Trump's 'zero-tolerance' policy on undocumented immigrants, and President Enrique Pena Nieto's two abrupt cancellations of visits to Washington have only added to the tension."

More recently, Trump said on July 18 after "very good discussions" with Lopez Obrador that he's considering a separate trade deal with Mexico, and that he could "negotiate with Canada at a later time".

"It is worth making an effort to conclude the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement," Lopez Obrador wrote in the newly unveiled letter, subsequently posted to his website. "Prolonging the uncertainty could slow down investments in the medium and long-term." And further, "I propose to resume negotiations with the participation of representatives from Mexico, Canada and the United States."

Lopez Obrador garnered a broad populist following and won a landslide victory at 53 percent of the vote — far ahead of his biggest opponent, PAN’s Ricardo Anaya, who logged just 22 percent of the vote — with his Morena party also winning firm control of Mexico’s government, while promising to boost spending in social welfare and quash corruption in government. But he also crucially drew on voter discontentment by promising to stand up to Trump

What are widely perceived as anti-Mexican insults and tirades previously issued by Trump during his more freewheeling and off-the-cuff moments that were especially characteristic of his campaign — including attacks on NAFTA and repeat promises to force Mexico to pay to "build that wall!" — took center stage in Mexican politics of late during the presidential campaign.  

For starters, a little over a year ago Obrador published a bombshell provocative book titled Oye Trump (which translates to "Listen up, Trump"), slamming the US president as "erratic and arrogant" and he's elsewhere called his rhetoric "neo-fascism".

He said in front of National Press Club reporters while on the campaign trail during a visit to D.C., for example: "President Trump's approach of blaming migrants for the problems of the United States has been excessive. We will not allow that, you can't implement a campaign of hate against Mexicans because that is neofascism."

Obrador also said at a presidential debate in May that he would make the White House respect Mexico: "Trump is going to have to learn to respect us," he said. "That I can guarantee you."

It will be interesting to see if after Obrador takes office on December 1st the two "anti-establishment" leaders, both swept into office by a wave of anger-fueled populism, can heal the US-Mexico rift.

Meanwhile, as news of the Trump-Mexico potential thawing in relations and seeking ways forward on trade has hit, Mexico’s peso reversed earlier losses, and promptly rose 0.7% to 18.8944 per dollar.

Comments

giovanni_f Fish Gone Bad Tue, 07/24/2018 - 04:16 Permalink

don't get distracted by this outdated left-right red herring. It has no other purpose than to distract us. US has quite a few (dilettantically implemented) communist policies sealed in law - it is hard for a officially-socialist country in this world to compete with it. At the same time the US is also a capitalist system, although increasingly one of the Ukraine-oligarchy-flavor.

Ronald Reagan had policies that werre downright communist. Adolf Hitler and Mussolini considered themselves socialist, believe it or not.

The common feature of all those criminals is that their ultimate goal was and is to centralize power and take freedom and initiative away from us, the people.

Left, right - they are the ones with the gun.

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Baron von Bud tmosley Mon, 07/23/2018 - 21:19 Permalink

Ain't nothin' going to change in Mexico overnight; it will take decades. Most Mexicans I've met are good people. But how we gonna change DC and the lobbyists, lawyers, defense contractors, and everybody extracting a fee from the system? While they looted, Russia went ten years ahead in missiles and anti-missile systems. All our tanks, missiles, soldiers on the Russia border are now meaningless. So, we now increase the $800b defense budget by more gazillions while our debt expands and interest rates rise? Marx predicted the capitalists would hang themselves. At this point it's about each of us saving ourselves.

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gdpetti ZENDOG Mon, 07/23/2018 - 20:23 Permalink

Yes and no... but remember that this guy doesn't take office till December... if I remember correctly... and until then, he could get caught in the same assassination trap as others in his party up to the elections... that said, this is similar to the Trump election win... but this guy knows the ropes, Trump doesn't... so he's more dangerous.. though he might find more support in his country's oligarchy that Trump here... as Mexico needs to make the transition... our drug ops down there are too thick for too long.

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Archibald Buttle Truth Eater Tue, 07/24/2018 - 02:43 Permalink

i would be kind of okay with mexico and america agreeing to swap disgruntled members of their respective populations if that would settle things. nobody famous or important that threatened to move to canada if trump got elected has followed through. they would open themselves up to "that's rayciss" charges if they are encouraged, and subsequently fail, to expatriate to the south...

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gwar5 Mon, 07/23/2018 - 19:39 Permalink

This is going to be interesting with Mexico. If the socialist Mex Prez helps close the border the cartels might take him out.

 

Redheart Mon, 07/23/2018 - 19:59 Permalink

Let's start by repatriating their citizens.  Mexico and Central America have been off-loading their peasants on the back of American Citizens for decades. 

Cockoo Mon, 07/23/2018 - 20:35 Permalink

" More "developed Mexico, fewer people will leave their country in search of work."  That means do your job leftist instead of more handouts from US and elsewhere.  Will Mexico be next to fall after Venezuela...they should head south instead of north but the all mighty market is in the US until dollar crashes.

ThomasEdmonds Mon, 07/23/2018 - 20:46 Permalink

"Obrador also said at a presidential debate in May that he would make the White House respect Mexico: "Trump is going to have to learn to respect us," he said. "That I can guarantee you."

 

Obrador could stop exporting his problems (illegal aliens).  The Mexican government and police forces are too corrupt.

The estimated $135 billion in annual remittances and untold millions in drug profits moving south; together with generous US benefits to Mexican aliens, and the total hit America could be nearly $250 billion.

 

Mexico is no more our friend than China.

Bay Area Guy Mon, 07/23/2018 - 21:02 Permalink

Just as everyone was surprised when avid anti-communist Richard Nixon ended up brokering relations with the Soviet Union and China, we might be pleasantly surprised when an avowed leftist leader of Mexico and a borders-first president of the United States end up coming to some agreement about the issues facing the two countries.

CashMcCall Mon, 07/23/2018 - 22:13 Permalink

Trump and his Trumptard loaded diaper... gets along nicely with Mexican Socialists. A separate trade agreement worth absolutely nothing, and backed up by the fidelity of Trump's word to Trophy Trump... Another day in the pathetic life of a blowhard con-artist.