On Wednesday, Andrés Manuel López Obrador is expected to become Mexico’s president-elect and will be sworn in on December 1st. Let’s just say that López Obrador isn’t a big fan of Donald Trump’s and he obviously finds the former reality show star’s campaign promise to build an ego-wall along the Southern border to be ridiculous (it is ridiculous).
López Obrador is working on plans for Mexico’s infrastructure and Donald’s costly wall is not part of that. Glancing through the president-elect’s top 25 priorities in infrastructure and social development, Trump’s wall just isn’t there.
López Obrador, a left-leaning politician, enjoyed a massive landslide victory last month by Mexico’s standards, with 53 percent of the vote. The almost newly minted president-elect told a group of engineers that Mexico will not be threatened with a militarized border, according to El Financiero.
“The purpose is that Mexico will become a power and that the correlation of strength will change, nobody will threaten us that they’ll close the borders or that they’ll militarize the border, that a wall will be built,” said Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is also known as AMLO.
López Obrador said that his programs will focus on how to avoid “migration” by building Mexico up.
López Obrador ran on an anti-corruption, left-of-center platform and is focused on his administration’s economic policies.
“This will be possible because the country will grow and there will be jobs,” he said.
López Obrador told the group that he will allow foreign energy investment — a keystone reform enacted by President Enrique Peña Nieto — but that he will prioritize investment from countries with low corruption.
“We are excited to work with Norway [and] Denmark,” he said.
Riding a wave of populist anger fueled by rampant corruption and violence, Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s victory handed him a sweeping mandate to reshape the country. Although by America’s standards, 53 percent may not sound like a massive victory, it is in Mexico, a country where no candidate had come close to the 50 percent mark since its democratic transition.
According to a report released last year, Trump’s border wall could cost nearly $70 billion to build and $150 million a year to maintain. And there’s no reason for Mexico to pay for it, but we did hear Trump’s dog whistle every time he said that on the campaign trail with his cult-following chanting, “Build that wall!” As it happens, we are paying for the wall. Trump supporters must really be gullible to believe that Mexico’s leader would say, “Oh, sure, you want $70 billion? No problem, here you go! If you need a few more billion, just give me a call. Toodles!”
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