New Mexican president says he’ll help curb U.S.-bound migration in exchange for U.S. aid

New Mexican president says he’ll help curb U.S.-bound migration in exchange for U.S. aid
Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – How does this square with his claim that Mexicans have a ‘human right’ to cross the border into the U.S.?]

Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he had spoken with US President Donald Trump on the phone and offered to reduce US-bound migration in exchange for American assistance.

“I received a phone call from Donald Trump and we spoke for half an hour,” the fiery leftist wrote on Twitter, in one of his first messages after winning a landslide victory on Sunday.

“I proposed exploring a universal deal (involving) development projects that would create jobs in Mexico and, by doing so, reduce migration and improve security,” he added.

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“The tone was respectful and our teams will be holding talks.”

Trump also mentioned the phone call in an Oval Office briefing.

“I just spoke with the president-elect of Mexico,” he told reporters.

“I think the relationship is going to be a very good one. We had a great talk.”

Trump’s anti-trade and anti-immigration policies have infuriated Mexico, and Lopez Obrador would not seem the most obvious candidate to mend ties with his country’s giant northern neighbour and key trading partner.

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