July 11, 2018

Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Meet With Kushner, Pompeo

The Morena party leader says he'll be advocating for anti-poverty efforts.

Amlo Morena hero Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he'll push for anti-poverty programs in meeting with members of the U.S. Cabinet. (PHOTO: Morena, Andrés Manuel López Obrador)

Mexico's president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador will receive a visit from four top members of the U.S. administration on Friday, and he says he'll push for anti-poverty programs across the region.

López Obrador will get a visit at his campaign headquarters from President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

López Obrador appears to be enjoying a sort of honeymoon with Trump. They've both said they spoke over the phone the day after López Obrador was elected, and in a press conference on Tuesday, López Obrador said they hadn't spoken about the controversial projects for a border wall and thanked Trump for having a respectful tone.

Trump's insistence last year on Mexico paying for the wall forced President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel the only planned official meeting he has scheduled with Trump.

On Tuesday, López Obrador said his priority for bilateral talks are toward improving the well-being of Mexicans and Central Americas as a deterrent to crime and northbound migration.

"What we want is for people from Panama to the northern border between Mexico and the United States, on the Rio Grande, to have work opportunities so they don't have to migrate," López Obrador said. "That's our main proposal."

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