The country that shares the United States’ southern border is one of the few that has failed to realize that Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States.
Latino lawmakers noticed.
Joaquin Castro, chairman of the Hispanic Caucus in Congress, a member of the Texas Democratic House, and several other Latin American lawmakers have opposed Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for failing to recognize Joe Biden as president-elect.
López Obrador said on Saturday that he would not comment on the US elections until “all legal issues have been resolved”.
“This is an astonishing diplomatic failure for Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a time when the new Biden government is looking to usher in a new era of friendship and cooperation with Mexico,” Castro tweeted on Saturday in English and Spanish.
Castro, a Mexican-American, chairs the House’s Foreign Affairs Oversight Subcommittee and has said he will chair the full committee.
President Donald Trump questions election results in several states. Election officials have said they had no evidence of fraud, indicating the presence of representatives from both parties during the voting results and the transparency of the process. Experts say Trump’s efforts are unlikely to change election results.
At least half a dozen other democratic lawmakers joined Castro’s criticism of López Obrador. Mexico-born MP Chuy García, D-Ill., Tweeted in Spanish, “Don’t let the train pass you.” Most world leaders have recognized Biden’s victory.
Senator Martín Quezada of the Democratic State of Arizona said, “This is more than disappointing.”
The U.S.-Mexico relationship will be fine because of mutual interests, said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based think tank, but said López Obrador’s delay in congratulating Biden didn’t help.
“It’s a mistake on his part that will, to some extent, sway the tenor of the relationship at the outset,” said Shifter.
López Obrador, who took office in late 2018, has dealt with Trump’s tough demands to curb illegal migration through Central America to the Mexican US. Edge. This prevented strict tariffs on Mexico’s products from taking effect.
The US, Mexico and Canada have ratified the US, Mexico and Canada accord to replace the North American free trade agreement that was partially backed by the Trump, López and Obrador relationship. Mexico with some avoided the deep cuts in oil production demanded by OPEC Intervention from Trump.
López Obrador began his presidency and promised a more humane treatment of migrants. But in the end he used Mexican soldiers, national guards and police to contain the flow of migrants, and he gave in to Trump’s demands to keep migrants waiting for their US asylum court data in Mexico under the “Remain in Mexico” policy.
The Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the Mexican newspaper Reforma that the government has been in contact with Biden and Trump’s teams and will stay in touch for the coming days.
“Whether it holds [relationship] with Trump or with Biden, who has known President López Obrador since 2012, the goal will be to have the best possible relationship, “Ebrard told Reforma.
Some said Biden offers a new take on US-Mexico relations after Trump launched his 2016 campaign calling and promising Mexican immigrants, rapists, murderers and people who brought drugs into the country, along a wall to build the entire Mexican border that he would make Mexico pay to.
He said Mexico’s relationship with the United States was strategic and that López Obrador had shown how seriously he took the relationship.
López Obrador’s reluctance to recognize Biden as elected president contrasts with the reactions of most leaders in the region, with the exception of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, sometimes referred to as the “trump card of the tropics”.
Not all leaders congratulated Biden. Cuba admitted the US has a new president, but did not mention Biden’s name or congratulate him.