Pelosi participates in ceremony at US-Mexico border


Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Saturday took part in a ceremony with Mexican officials and dignitaries on a bridge connecting the U.S. and Mexico.

Pelosi could be seen in footage of the moment sharing a hug with a Mexican official as part of the International Bridge Ceremony, which is hosted by the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association of Laredo (WBCA), a Pelosi spokesperson confirmed to The Hill.

{mosads}The organization, which received its state charter in 1923, came to celebrate Washington’s Birthday on the border in efforts to find a traditionally “American” holiday to celebrate that “might offer the best of all cultures influencing the heritage of Laredo’s citizens,” according to the organization’s website.

As part of the bridge ceremony, officials and dignitaries from Mexico and the United States share “abrazos,” or hugs, to symbolize “the amity and understanding between two neighboring nation,” the website also states.

The ceremony took place on the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, which is one of four vehicular international bridges located in Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, that connect the U.S. and Mexico.

Pelosi was invited by Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar (D) to attend a weekend of events hosted by the WBCA, a spokesperson for the Democratic leader confirmed.

Pelosi also thanked Cuellar for welcoming her “to the vibrant border community of Laredo” in a tweet on Saturday afternoon.

Pelosi had also been in Laredo over the weekend for a press conference where she was joined by Cuellar and the city’s mayor, Pete Saenz, to discuss border security and commerce, according to a news release from her office.

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