Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to visit Mexico Thursday to follow up the positive initial phone call between Mexico’s president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), and President Trump the day after AMLO and his allies swept to an impressive victory in Mexico’s July 1 elections.
White House advisor Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will also reportedly now join Secretary Pompeo in Mexico City.
AMLO announced he would invite President Trump to his inauguration and has named a future foreign secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, with more U.S. experience than he has.
AMLO also reportedly designated an experienced Mexican diplomat as future ambassador to the U.S. and well-regarded lead trade negotiator to join Mexico’s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) team.
These developments highlight the significance of U.S.-Mexico relations for both countries. Both seem to recognize that Mexico’s election and political transition provide an opportunity to reset U.S.-Mexico relations, as Lopez Obrador prepares for his six-year presidential term beginning Dec. 1.
To succeed, both parties need to regularize respectful ways to work through divisive issues and carve out common ground.