Pompeo to visit Mexico, meet with president-elect

Pompeo to visit Mexico, meet with president-elect
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump’s damage control falters State Dept. doesn’t issue statement on anniversary of MH17 downing Diplomatic niceties can blur the lines of personal and national interests MORE will travel to Mexico on July 13 to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The State Department and the Mexican Foreign Ministry announced the trip on Tuesday.

Pompeo will also meet with Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso.

"Secretary Pompeo will reaffirm the partnership with Mexico to combat transnational criminal organizations and also the opioid epidemic,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. “He will also discuss efforts to enhance trade, curb irregular migration and manage our shared border.”

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which is currently being renegotiated and was one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE’s signature campaign issues, will likely be part of the talks. López Obrador has also called for renegotiating NAFTA on the campaign trail, sparking worries about the future of the trade pact.

López Obrador won Sunday’s elections in Mexico with more than 53 percent of the vote and is set to become the country’s first left-wing president in 30 years when he is inaugurated Dec. 1. He has also been a vocal critic of Trump's policies.

President Trump congratulated López Obrador and the two said they were ready to work together.

“There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!” Trump wrote in a congratulatory tweet Sunday.

The stop in Mexico City will follow a weeklong trip to Asia and Europe that is taking Pompeo to Pyongyang, Tokyo, Hanoi, Abu Dhabi and Brussels.

In Pyongyang, Pompeo will North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In Brussels, he will attend the NATO summit along with Trump.