US-Mexico summit: AMLO under fire for plan to meet Trump

AL JAZEERA: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is meeting with US President Donald Trump this week at the invitation of the White House.

But the summit in Washington later on Wednesday between the US and Mexican presidents is already provoking a mixture of anger and bewilderment in Mexico.

Al Jazeera’s Manuel Rapalo reports from Mexico City.

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Mexico’s President Flies Coach to Washington to Seal His Bet on Trump

BLOOMBERG: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wrote a book called “Listen, Trump” before becoming Mexico’s president in which he promised to stand up to the U.S. leader, yet he is now ready to take the biggest gamble in his 19-month presidency by cozying up to his counterpart at a delicate moment.

The 66-year-old is traveling to Washington on Tuesday to see President Donald Trump despite domestic criticism in Mexico and against the counsel of some of his top advisers, who are worried about the optics of a White House visit four months before the U.S. general election.

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After Trudeau snub, what Trump really wants from Obrador summit

CNN: After world leaders bailed on visiting the US this summer, one world leader drew the short straw and doesn’t seem to mind it.

Donald Trump is finally going to spend quality time with a peer. His Wednesday summit with Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has been touted as a celebration of the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (aka NAFTA 2), which a White House statement describes as “the largest, fairest, and most balanced trade agreement ever negotiated.”

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Trump tells Congressional Hispanic Caucus he won’t cancel meeting with AMLO

AXIOS: President Trump sent a handwritten note to over a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus informing them that he would not cancel his meeting on Wednesday with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, as they had requested.

Why it matters: The caucus of Democratic lawmakers had denounced López Obrador’s visit to celebrate the newly enacted United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal as “a blatant attempt to politicize the important U.S.-Mexico relationship” and distract from the pandemic. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, meanwhile, turned down the White House’s invitation on Monday.

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Trump hosts Mexico’s president, an unlikely ally

WASHINGTON POST: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador flew to the United States on Tuesday on a commercial passenger plane. Footage showed the president in a window seat in economy — albeit an exit row with more legroom — before a layover in Atlanta and a second flight to Washington. The trip to meet with President Trump, López 

Obrador’s first overseas foray since winning a landslide election two years ago, was in keeping with his populist image of austerity. He abjures excessive expenditure on himself and still plans on raffling off the private luxury jet purchased by his predecessor’s administration.

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Six Things to Know about Mexican President AMLO’s Trip to Washington

AS/COA: Forget U.S. President Donald Trump’s demands that Mexico pay for the wall. Set aside Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s 2017 book Oye, Trump calling for “a united front against the dehumanizing and capricious politics of the Republican president.” 

Never mind the fact that prior Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s decision to host Trump during the 2016 U.S. election cycle was widely considered an error that coincided with the nadir of his approval ratings. Despite all that—and a pandemic to boot—López Obrador and Trump, who have referred to each other in friendly terms regardless of seeming to stand on opposing ends of the political spectrum, will meet at the White House this week.

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AMLO’s ‘Hugs’ Won’t End Mexican Mayhem

WALL STREET JOURNAL: The elegant Las Lomas neighborhood of Mexico City, with its sun-dappled sidewalks and upscale homes, is one of the federal district’s more serene settings. So it stunned the nation when an armed group unleashed a commando-style attack there on June 26.

Equally shocking was the target of the assault, Mexico City’s police chief, Omar García Harfuch. Two of his bodyguards were killed, along with a passerby, in the barrage of gunfire. Mr. García Harfuch was seriously wounded.

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Editor’ Note: The main image accompanying the above news clips has been provided by Compartir.

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