According to revelations from the “New York Times”, López Obrador would have confided to Joe Biden his sadness to see a man who had the quality to respect Mexican sovereignty leave. The opportunity for a reminder for the newcomer.
He already misses Trump, in Andrés Manuel López Obrador. It’s the New York Times who writes it: “The Mexican president is a great admirer.” And he maintained a “Very good relationship” with Trump. He himself says it… And not to just anyone, not during his daily press conference. He expressed it directly to Joe Biden.
First on December 15, when Amlo resolved to take up his pen to congratulate the Democrat six weeks after the election. Once sent the congratulation formula, López Obrador described to his future counterpart what makes the success of good bilateral relations: respect for sovereignty, the principle of non-intervention and self-determination of peoples. So much for the “letter of congratulations”. A little sermon does no harm to anyone, especially since interventionist arrogance is part of the idiosyncrasy of the post of President of the United States.
It was still necessary to make sure that Biden understood. Amlo had so far refused his appeal proposals. On December 19, he accepted a conversation whose New York Times revealed the content. López Obrador, a bit of a goujat, is said to have spread praise for Trump and his respect for the autonomy of Mexico.
It will be understood: the fad, the alpha and the omega, the paragon of the sacred and the inviolable, for Amlo, it is sovereignty. To be sure, the walls are unpleasant in the landscape, and the Mexican president has celebrated Biden’s decision to halt construction. But the United States does what it wants on its territory. And then the wall, it was the only solution offered by Trump to the problems of immigration, drug trafficking, security …
Biden, for his part, will want cooperation, coordination, all these concepts that easily turn, in López Obrador’s mind, to interventionism, to the sending of undercover agents and drones. He also explained how much he appreciated that Donald Trump, after having offered his assistance twice to Mexico during major security incidents, accepts without flinching the refusals received in response.
Walking the talk, as soon as the Democrat was elected, the Mexican government carried out two targeted lightning attacks against the interventionist tendencies of the United States. He promoted a law limiting the room for maneuver of American agents on Mexican territory. And Amlo accused the DEA, the US drug agency, of fabricating the drug trafficking and money laundering charges against former defense minister General Salvador Cienfuegos. The latter was arrested in the United States in October and returned to Mexico on condition that the justice of that country resume the investigation. Very quickly he was exonerated. Gringos, learn the lesson: you don’t touch a Mexican general.
Biden is not to hear much praise from Trump these days. But from the South comes a small dissenting voice: “Trump and us, that stuck … With you, we do not know.” Preventive hostility adorned with smiling bonhomie… From the great Amlo.