After weeks of caution, Mexican president set to recognize Biden win -sources


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s president is expected to congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden next week on his victory once it is certified, three officials told Reuters, after weeks of waiting that have upset allies of the incoming U.S. leader.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is among a handful of world leaders yet to recognize Biden’s election victory over Republican President Donald Trump, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.


Trump or Biden? Mexico eyes who could boost struggling economy


Source: Al Jazeera

Mexico City, Mexico – Five years ago, Donald Trump kicked off his first presidential campaign by saying that Mexico was sending crime, drugs and rapists to the United States. He thrust the US’s southern neighbour into the electoral spotlight and kept it there, making his infamous promise to build a border wall paid for by Mexico a cornerstone of his campaign.

Outrage roiled in Mexico then: pinata stores routinely stocked a Trump model so that Mexicans could buy it and give it a beating. There were comedy plays railing against him, an anti-Trump video game created by Mexican designers and even an ass dressed as Donald for the country’s annual donkey festival. All of that counted for nothing, because candidate Trump became President Trump and continued a fractious relationship with Mexico’s then-President Enrique Pena Nieto.


What the U.S. election means for Canada and Mexico


Source: The Washington Post

It’s been a tricky time to be an American neighbor. President Trump announced his candidacy for the White House in 2015 with a crude attack on Mexico, casting migrants from the country as interloping “rapists,” and later vowed to make Mexico pay for a wall on the southern U.S. border. In 2018, Trump wheeled on the country to the north, invoking national security concerns to slap tariffs on certain Canadian exports. He branded Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “dishonest” and “very weak,” while bullying his way to a renegotiation of the free trade agreement linking the continent’s economies.

In the final year of his term, Trump arguably has better relations with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador than with Trudeau. In July, López Obrador came to the White House to celebrate the signing of Trump’s rebranded version of the North American Free Trade Agreement. It was not markedly different from the treaty hashed out more than two decades ago, but it gave Trump another set-piece moment. Trudeau avoided the occasion, but López Obrador made it the first foreign outing of his presidency, no matter the rebukes of critics on both sides of the border.


Pete Buttigieg says he’s open to sending U.S. troops to Mexico


11/17/19 – The Sacramento Bee

By Bryan Anderson

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said at a Latino forum in Los Angeles on Sunday that he’d be willing to send U.S. troops into Mexico to combat gang and drug violence.

“There is a scenario where we could have security cooperation,” Buttigieg said.

Even so, he added a caveat: “I’d only order American troops into conflict if American lives were on the line and if it was necessary to meet treaty obligations.”

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Democrats’ 2020 policy blitz largely lacking on immigration

5/30/2019 – Associated Press

By Will Weissert

immigrationDemocratic presidential contenders are in a feverish battle to one-up each other with ever-more-ambitious plans to beat back global warming , curb gun violence , offer universal health care coverage , slash student debt and preserve abortion rights . Largely left out of the policy parade: immigration.

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Headlines from Mexico

newspapers logo2-011. The Bank of Mexico raised interest rates by half a percentage point to 5.25% this Thursday in response to the volatility of the peso, which reached an all time low loosing 10% of its value since the results of the U.S. election . In its statement the Bank of Mexico, affirmed that a period of uncertainty is coming and that concerns about trade and foreign investment are driving this hike in interest rates.

Read more: El Financiero, El Universal, Expansión, Animal Político, Proceso

2. After the results of the U.S. election, concerns about the President-elect’s controversial policies have dominated the conversation in Mexico, mainly revolving around migration and trade. With regards to trade, and particularly NAFTA, businesses and companies of both the U.S. and Mexico have created a coalition of over 5000 companies, to make the case for the importance of NAFTA  and trade between the U.S. and Mexico. Experts in international trade have cautioned Mexico to avoid taking a defensive stance on this issue and urged the government define its position for renegotiation of NAFTA as soon as possible. With regards to migration, the Trump’s announcement of initially deporting up to 3 million people during his Presidency,  the Mexican Ministry of Interior responded that legally, the United States can only deport 60,000 immigrants per year and affirmed that the country is prepared to respond to the migratory policies that the administration of Trump would want to impose. Furthermore, the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Mexico issued an alert for migrants in the U.S. and has established an 11 point action plan to protect the Mexican community in the U.S. and to respond to any incidents of violence or discrimination through its network of consulates.

Read more: El Economista, El Financiero, Milenio, El Universal

3. The National Electoral Institute of Mexico announced on Wednesday that political parties have been evading taxes and owe different institutions, including the Mexican Social Security Institute,  up to 626 million pesos. The left-wing party PRD is the political party with the most debt amounting to 53% of the total debt that the parties owe. Electoral Councilor Ciro Murayama, affirmed that this is a common practice during electoral periods which reflect the fragility and corruption of the State and affirmed that this is a matter that needs to be solved urgently, giving the parties until December 31st, 2016 to pay their debts. The response of the parties have predominantly focused on clarifying the nature of the debt and separated the national from the individual states debt.

Read more: Expansión, El Universal, Reforma, Milenio

4. On November 10, former governor of Sonora, turned himself in 42 days after an apprehension order was issued against him. He is currently being held in Mexico City and is facing seven charges with regards to money laundering, fiscal fraud and organized crime. His son is also facing organized crime charges. The former governor will be facing between 38 to up to 94 years in prison. Given the severity of the charges, Padres will have to face the process in jail and will not be allowed to post bail.

Read more: Excelsior,  El Financiero,  La Jornada, Aristegui Noticias

Trump’s challenge: Can he right the ship with Mexico?

11/9/16 CNN

17190003726_efac0b42e2_oUnited States President-elect Donald Trump will have a lot of global challenges to deal with, and Mexico is one of them. Here’s what you need to know.

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Mexico and the U.S. Are Distant Neighbors, Again

11/9/16 The New York Times

download-3MEXICO CITY — “Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States.” The comment, attributed to President Porfirio Díaz, has sometimes corresponded with reality, but never more than the present moment. Faith in a loving and present God has always pervaded the daily life of Mexicans. And despite the offenses inflicted upon them across almost 200 years of history, we Mexicans have not really resented the propinquity of the United States nor have we harbored violent nationalist feelings. On the contrary, as people to people, our relations have been fruitful, stable, cordial.

Not anymore. With Donald J. Trump’s electoral victory, every Mexican will have ample reason to entrust himself more closely to God (or the Virgin of Guadalupe) and prepare for a new war, certainly not military, but commercial, economic, ethnic, strategic and diplomatic.

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Mexico foreign minister: We won’t be paying for a wall

11/9/16 Al Jazeera

7965358232_f6f2b6f792_oMexico’s foreign minister has reasserted that his government would not pay for a wall along the US border – a promise made by US president-elect Donald Trump during his election campaign.

“Paying for a wall is not part of our vision,” Claudia Ruiz Massieu told local television on Wednesday, after Trump triumphed in the US electionTrump had vowed that he would build a massive border wall, and make Mexico pay for it.

Massieu said that the government had maintained communication with Trump’s campaign team since the property mogul paid a visit to Mexico in August.

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What President Trump’s Mexico-bashing may look like in practice

11/9/16 The Economist

7053145147_1e8547101e_oENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO, the president of Mexico, was roundly castigated at home for meeting Donald Trump in August. Mr Trump, then the Republican presidential nominee, is reviled south of the border for calling Mexican migrants rapists, and for promising that he would force Mexico to pay for a wall between the two countries. In his defence Mr Peña said it was important to begin a dialogue early, with a view to reducing the potential harm a Trump presidency could cause Mexico.

That strategy is about to be put to the test. In Mexico the immediate effect of Mr Trump’s victory has been to send the already weak peso tumbling to new lows. Throughout the campaign the currency reacted badly to any perceived improvements in the Republican’s chances of victory. On early Wednesday morning it fell to more than 20 to the dollar—its biggest drop since 1994—on fears about the future of trade with the United States.

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