Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will meet with President Trump next week during his first official visit to the US, the White House said Wednesday.
Lopez Obrador will visit July 8 to celebrate the new US-Mexico-Canada trade pact coming into effect.
The Mexican leader, in office since 2018, is a veteran of leftist politics and often is compared to socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Lopez Obrador plans to fly commercial to DC.
“I look forward to welcoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico to the White House on July 8, 2020, to continue our important dialogue on trade, health and other issues central to our regional prosperity and security,” Trump said in a statement.
It will be the second visit by a world leader since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. Polish President Andrzej Duda visited last month.
On Monday, Lopez Obrador brushed off Trump’s past incendiary language about crime linked to Mexican illegal immigrants and his vow to make Mexico pay for his border wall.
“There has been respect from President Donald Trump toward our government,” the Mexican president told reporters. “There has been a relationship of mutual respect; I won’t say more. Even President Trump’s rhetoric toward Mexico has been more respectful than how he expressed himself before, something we are very grateful to him for.”
Although a Mexican leader has not yet visited Trump in the White House, candidate Trump visited Mexico at the invitation of then-President Enrique Pena Nieto in 2016. A televised press conference was relatively sedate and drew few protesters.