Trump, New Mexican President Discuss Migration but Not Wall

12/13/2018 – The New York Times

downloadWASHINGTON — The White House says President Donald Trump and the new leader of Mexico discussed “positive relations” between the two countries in a phone call this week. But Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters that he and Trump have never discussed the contentious topic of the border wall.

Lopez Obrador’s statement Thursday came less than an hour after Trump asserted in a tweet that Mexico was paying for the border wall through the savings the U.S. garnered in the renegotiated free trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.

The two leaders spoke by phone Wednesday about immigration and Lopez Obrador’s push for a Marshall Plan-like effort to spur economic development in Central America.

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Mexican auto exports, production dip in November

12/07/2018 – Reuters

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican automobile output and exports fell slightly in November compared with the same month last year, official data showed on Thursday.

According to national statistics agency INEGI and Mexican automotive industry association AMIA, output was down by 1.26 percent in November from a year earlier.

However, the two groups published different figures on the decline in exports because some data from Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) was not included in INEGI’s calculation, AMIA and INEGI said.

Mexico’s new leader says relations with Trump good

12/05/2018 – The Washington Post

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MEXICO CITY — 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.

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Germany’s DEA to buy Mexico’s Sierra Oil and Gas

12/05/2018 – Reuters

PEXGerman energy firm DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG [RWEDE.UL] said on Tuesday it had signed an agreement to buy independent Mexican company Sierra Oil and Gas at a time of growing uncertainty over the private sector’s role in Mexico’s oil industry.

Veteran leftist and self-professed oil nationalist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office on Saturday pledging a shift away from the previous government’s drive to attract private capital to the oil and gas sector.

The acquisition of Sierra should boost the German firm’s presence in Mexico ahead of DEA’s planned merger next year with Wintershall, the oil and gas unit of chemicals giant BASF.

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Mexico’s new ‘common man’ president hits the ground running

12/3/2018 – Washington Post

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s newly inaugurated president hit the ground running Monday with his pledge to govern as a common man and end decades of secrecy, heavy security and luxury enjoyed by past presidents.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sported slightly ruffled hair at his first early morning news conference as president, which started at 7 a.m. local time Monday.

“Isn’t that a change, that I am here, informing you?” Lopez Obrador asked reporters. While past presidents have very seldom held news conferences, Lopez Obrador promised to do so on a near-daily basis, much as he did when he was mayor of Mexico City from 2000-2005.

Lopez Obrador took his first airplane flight as president Sunday, boarding a commercial flight with the rest of the passengers. He has promised to sell the presidential jet as an austerity measure.

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Tariff tensions shadow US, Canada, Mexico trade pact signing

11/30/2018 – Washington Post

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — President Donald Trump teamed up with the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Friday to sign a revised North American trade pact, a deal that fulfills a key political pledge by the American president but faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Congress. The celebratory moment was dimmed by ongoing differences over Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as plans for massive layoffs in the U.S. and Canada by General Motors.

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is meant to replace the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has long denigrated as a “disaster.”

Trump appeared with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the Group of 20 nations summit in Buenos Aires for the formal signing ceremony. Each country’s legislature must also approve the agreement.

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The Latest: Trump Praises Outgoing Mexican President

11/30/2018 – New York Times

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Latest on President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 summit (all times local):

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President Donald Trump is praising Mexico’s outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose government has been a target of Trump’s ire over trade, migration and Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S. southern border.

Trump has railed about factory jobs lost to Mexico and the U.S. trade deficit with its southern neighbor — two hot-button issues that vexed relations with Nieto.

But on Friday, Trump lauded Pena Nieto as a “special man.”

Trump congratulated Pena Nieto on ending his presidency by signing the new agreement governing trade relations among the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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