What Mexico's new leader really thinks about Donald Trump


The leader of Mexico's other NAFTA partner, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, welcomed Lopez Obrador's victory, calling Mexico a "close friend".

The bishops of Mexico congratulated Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador on his election as the next president of the country, stressing the need to "collaborate in a positive way with our elected officials".

Lopez Obrador said individual and property rights would be guaranteed, promised respect for the autonomy of the Bank of Mexico and said his government will maintain financial and fiscal discipline.

"I reiterate my promise to not betray your confidence which millions of Mexicans have placed in me". "The anger that the average Mexican feels toward the way things are being governed has favored Lopez Obrador", said Shannon O'Neil, senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

"When a wall is built to segregate people or when the word "foreigner" is used to insult, disparage and discriminate our fellow men, humanity, intelligence and history are being insulted", said the president-elect, who will take office in December, in a speech in Los Angeles past year explaining the need to "counteract" Trump's strategy.

Lopez Obrador's victory was expected by many to further worsen Mexico's already frosty relations with the US, whose president, Donald Trump, has slammed the country over illegal migration and pressured it to pay for a border wall.

"Trump tweeted Sunday that "I look very much forward to working with him".

Mexico's president-elect has caused some trepidation among investors.

"With just over half of votes counted on Monday, Lopez Obrador had about 53.7 percent of the votes, a remarkable margin not seen in the country for more than three decades".

"Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico". The former mayor of Mexico City began his political career as a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). "They shouldn't dare commit a fraud, because if they do they will meet the devil", said Yeidckol Polevnsky, president of Lopez Obrador's Morena party. In fact, a significant part of his campaign took on the USA president's anti-Mexican immigrant policies.

Underscoring the binational trends is the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, which ushered in a dramatic economic transformation that fueled a shift in goods, products and movement of people between Mexico and the U.S. For instance, supply chains and cultural integration deepened in Dallas as Mexico-based companies moved into North Texas along with their products - from tortillas to pasta to Topo Chico.

But Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, suggested that the Republican president could find common ground with Lopez Obrador, predicting "some surprising results". The effort, she said, would help reintegrate into society some of the estimated 600,000 Mexicans employed by drug cartels.

"Front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador voted early, saying 'today the people will decide between more of the same or a real change". Trump has proposed requiring automobile parts from Mexico come from plants paying workers higher wages, to discourage companies from outsourcing jobs for cheaper labor.

"Mexicans will be able.to work and be happy where they were born", he said.

A win for the conservative National Action Party is predicted in the central highland state of Guanajuato.

"We've been very nice to Canada for many years and they've taken advantage of that", Sanders said during her daily press briefing in Washington.

Much remains to be determined about how Lopez Obrador's often nebulous campaign proposals will manifest themselves in government.