Trump calls 'Mexico's Trump,' expects good relations with President-elect Andres Lopez Obrador

Trump calls 'Mexico's Trump,' expects good relations with President-elect Andres Lopez Obrador

Voters will expect him to put into concrete action his anti-corruption agenda, reign in rising killings and cartel violence that have stubbornly resisted the efforts of his two predecessors, and revive a sluggish economy that grew just 2.1 per cent past year.

Lopez Obrador, who won a landslide victory in Sunday's election and takes office in December, traveled in a white Volkswagen sedan on Tuesday to the meeting with centrist President Enrique Pena Nieto in the presidential palace in the capital's colonial downtown district.

While the man nicknamed ALMO, has revealed he doesn't want to fight with Mr Trump, many wonder how the populist leader will get on with his northern neighbour.

"Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico".

It is a major shift in Mexican politics: the PRI and PAN have governed for almost a century, and Lopez Obrador will be the country's first leftist president in recent history.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC that Mexico "needs some sort of an arrangement" given its dependence on American consumers and businesses, having shipped $314 billion in goods to the United States a year ago.

The Mexican public is ready for and wants a strong president who can protect Mexicans living in the United States, oppose Trump's wall and remind its northern neighbour that Mexico is a sovereign nation.

"I think he's going to try and help us with the border".

Mexico's peso firmed sharply after exit polls showed leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador handily won Mexico's presidential election on Sunday, as widely expected by financial markets. The title of the book, "Oye, Trump", translates to "Listen Up, Trump".

The drug trade has grown - cultivation of poppies is up and Mexico has started manufacturing fentanyl and other synthetic drugs - and violence has exploded. Trump's anti-immigration policies, his rhetoric about Mexican migrants and anti-trade stance have plunged ties between the United States and Mexico to a historic low.

Mexican leftist vows fiscal discipline, seeks friendly USA ties
Exit polls Sunday evening showed Lopez Obrador had won by a large margin, and his rivals both conceded shortly after polls closed. Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador - a known opponent to Trump policies - is now slated to be headed for the win.

Much remains to be determined about how Lopez Obrador's often nebulous campaign proposals will manifest themselves in government.

Trudeau had been working closely with Pena Nieto on NAFTA and spoke with him about the deal just ahead of the elections on Friday.

President Trump says he'll announce his Supreme Court nominee on July 9 and that he's considering two women as possible replacements for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Lopez Obrador launched his campaign in Ciudad Juarez in tribute to its namesake Benito Juarez, a 19th century Mexican president whose exiled government resisted a French colonialist intervention from the unruly city that borders El Paso, Texas. Sound familiar? As president, he may well be, at least in terms of temperament, the Trump of south of the border.

But the NAFTA talks have been stalled for several weeks and Lopez Obrador enters the scene as tensions between Canada and the United States have intensified as the two countries have become embroiled in a trade dispute.

But on Sunday morning in Mexico City, many people were watching Spain and Russian Federation face off in the World Cup instead of election coverage. "It is our main economic-commercial partner", he said.

Mexican's President-elect has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump in the past. "I'm going to earn half what Peña Nieto earns ... and we are going to reduce the salaries of those who are on top so we can raise the salaries of those at the bottom", Amlo pledged. We are always going to seek for there to be an agreement.

"I don't want to go around surrounded by bodyguards".

The 64-year-old has not given specific details of how the "popular consultation" would be carried out.

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