A dozen Latino congressmen in the United States on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to suspend next week’s meeting with his Mexican counterpart Andrés Manuel López Obrador, accusing him of “politicizing” the relationship between the two countries.
The congressmen, all Democrats, are part of the Hispanic Caucus of Congress and among the signatories are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joaquín Castro, who chairs the group.
“Their decision to hold a meeting with Congress on recess, when congressmen will be in our districts to address the needs of communities devastated by this pandemic, is a blatant attempt to politicize important US-Mexico relations,” they pointed.
The congressmen also criticized that the meeting, scheduled under the pretext of the entry into force of the new free trade agreement between Mexico, United States and Canada (T-MEC), does not include Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“If you are really interested in talking about the T-MEC, it seems like holding the meeting later would be the most appropriate thing to do to ensure that all the countries involved can attend,” they said.
For this reason, the legislators affirmed that the meeting with López Obrador “is nothing more than an attempt to distract attention from the coronavirus crisis.”
Finally, they demanded that, if the meeting is held, 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 be addressed.
Trump confirmed this Wednesday the visit to the White House on 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 Andrés 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.