A dozen Latino congressmen in the United States on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to suspend next week’s meeting with his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, accusing him of “politicizing” the relationship between the two countries.
The congressmen, all Democrats, are part of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and among the signatories are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joaquin Castro, who chairs the group.
“Their decision to hold a meeting with Congress in recess, when we congressmen will be in our districts to address the needs of communities devastated by this pandemic, is a blatant attempt to politicize important U.S.-Mexico relations,” they said.
The congressmen also criticized that the meeting, scheduled under the pretext of the entry into force of the new U.S.-Mexico Free Trade Agreement (T-MEC), does not include Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“If you are really interested in talking about the T-MEC, it seems that holding the meeting later would be the most appropriate way to ensure that all the countries involved can attend,” they said.
That is why the legislators said that the meeting with López Obrador “is nothing more than an attempt to distract attention from the coronavirus crisis”.
Finally, they called for the meeting to address the issue of the militarization of the border between the two countries and the immigration policies with which the United States returns asylum seekers to Mexico.
Trump confirmed this Wednesday the visit to the White House next July 8 of his Mexican counterpart to celebrate the entry into force of the T-MEC.
“To mark this historic achievement, I look forward to welcoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico to the White House to continue our important dialogue on trade, health and other issues central to our regional security and prosperity,” Trump said in a statement.