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Mexico’s president-elect thanks Trump for not insulting Mexicans

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Donald
Trump holds a sign supporting his plan to build a wall between
the United States and Mexico.

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  • Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
    has thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for not recently
    insulting Mexico or people of Mexican dec scent. 
  • Trump has previously blamed Mexico for illegal
    immigration, drug trafficking, and unfair trade practices
    during his campaign and presidency. 
  • The US and Mexico are currently engaged in bilateral
    talks to reform the North American Free Trade
    Agreement.

Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has thanked
U.S. President Donald Trump for treating Mexicans with more
respect — or at least not saying anything insulting lately.

“For some time now, he (Trump) has been very prudent in referring
to Mexicans, or he hasn’t said offensive things,” Lopez Obrador
said Friday. “I have to thank him for that … up to now, things
are going well. There has been respect.”

During his campaign and the early part of his administration,
Trump blamed Mexico for illegal immigration and drug trafficking
into the US, insisting they spend an estimated $25 billion on a
border wall, and decrying the United States’ trade deficit with
Mexico, calling NAFTA “the worst trade deal in history.”

He also drew ire for accusing Mexican immigrants of bringing
drugs, crime, and sexual violence to America in his June 2015
speech announcing his presidential bid. 

The president-elect also said Friday that bilateral talks on the
North American Free Trade Agreement “are on a good track.” But he
paraphrased Yankees legend Yogi Berra and said: “This isn’t over
till it’s over.”

Trump has had a rocky relationship with Mexico’s current
President, Enrique Peña Nieto. In February, Nieto cancelled a planned visit to
the White House, reportedly over Trump refusing to admit that
Mexico would not fund the border wall in a tense phone call
between the two leaders. 

Lopez Obrador, who will take office in December, is the former
mayor of Mexico City and a progressive leftist politician, who
has not empathized US-Mexico
relations as strongly as previous Mexican presidents. 

Nevertheless, things could be looking up. The United States and
Mexico have made healthy progress during the past two weeks of
bilateral NAFTA talks on issues including agricultural exports
and auto regulations, the Wall Street Journal reported
on Wednesday. 

Earlier this week Trump said about Lopez Obrador: “I think he’s
going to be terrific.”

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