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Mexican president: Trump meeting in Washington 'very probable' soon

Mexican president: Trump meeting in Washington 'very probable' soon
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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday that it's "very probable" he'll soon visit President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE in Washington to formally kick off the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

"It's very probable that I'll go to Washington and meet with President Trump and it will be soon. We are only waiting to define the characteristics of the meeting," López Obrador told reporters at his daily press conference.

López Obrador added that his administration wants Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauSunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Trudeau lauds Biden: 'It's great to see America reengage' Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president MORE to participate in the meeting, scheduled around the USMCA's entry into force.

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Trump told a rally in Yuma, Ariz., on Tuesday that he expects López Obrador to visit him soon.

López Obrador's opponents are wary of his relationship with Trump, as they perceive the Mexican president as kowtowing to his American counterpart, particularly on immigration.

Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhán tweeted Wednesday that the proposed visit is "a big blunder and mistake; he will only be used as an electoral prop by Trump."

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And former Foreign Secretary Jorge Castañeda, under whose tenure bilateral relations soured after 9/11, told Reuters a López Obrador visit to Washington would be "a dumb idea."

López Obrador, a nominally leftist populist who once published a book critical of Trump called "Listen, Trump," has come closer to Trump since his inauguration in Mexico City in December 2018.

His trade envoys successfully concluded negotiations started under his predecessor to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with the USMCA.

But López Obrador's domestic policies have been upended by his relationship with Trump, particularly as he was forced to use his newly created National Guard for immigration enforcement to quell the threat of U.S. tariffs on Mexican goods.

The USMCA is scheduled to take effect on July 1, and López Obrador said the visit could happen "immediately after" that date.