© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador delivers his second state of the union deal with at Nationwide Palace in Mexico Metropolis
By Anthony Esposito and Dave Graham (NYSE:)
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned on Saturday he wouldn’t congratulate a winner of the U.S. presidential election till authorized challenges are concluded, in an obvious bid to keep away from friction with Washington throughout the transition.
Democrat Joe Biden gained the election on Saturday after a victory within the battleground state of Pennsylvania put him over the edge of 270 Electoral Faculty votes.
Mexico is the US’ high commerce associate, with over $600 billion of annual two-way commerce, and the bilateral relationship with its northern neighbor is by far crucial for Mexico.
“With regard to the U.S. election, we’re going to wait till all of the authorized issues have been resolved,” Lopez Obrador mentioned at a information convention.
“I am unable to congratulate one candidate or the opposite. I need to wait till the electoral course of is over.”
Republican President Donald Trump has filed a raft of lawsuits to problem the outcomes, however electoral officers in states throughout the nation say there was no proof of serious fraud, and authorized specialists say Trump’s efforts are unlikely to succeed.
The Mexican president linked his warning to his personal allegations of fraud in two presidential elections he contested, in 2006 and 2012, earlier than profitable on his third bid in 2018.
His reluctance to touch upon the U.S. outcomes stands in distinction to congratulations provided to Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales final 12 months regardless of opposition claims of fraud in that re-election bid.
Mexican officers mentioned the choice was borne of a need to keep away from upsetting Trump whereas he remained within the White Home.
“Bolivia would not have a 3,000-km border with Mexico,” an official mentioned of the obvious contradiction. “It is necessary to have a few months of peace and good neighborly relations.”
In his remarks, Lopez Obrador described the choice as “politically prudent.”
He mentioned he had relationship with each Trump and former Vice President Biden, whom he mentioned he had identified for a decade.
He has wanted to toe a fantastic line with Trump, whose time period is scheduled to finish on Jan. 20. A Biden presidency may reset ties which have frayed since Trump made his first White Home bid, tarring Mexican migrants as rapists and gun-runners and vowing to maintain them out with a border wall.
Beneath Trump, Mexico has needed to navigate abrupt calls for to stem unlawful migration or face commerce tariffs.
Nevertheless, by acceding to Trump’s migration dictates, Lopez Obrador has cast an uneasy relationship of some mutual comfort, wherein Washington has principally prevented criticizing his financial insurance policies.
“President Trump has been very respectful with us,” he mentioned. “And we’re grateful that he has not meddled.”
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