President Donald Trump, who has denigrated Mexican migrants and threatened the US ally with crippling tariffs, welcomed President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to the White House, called him a cherished partner and claimed the countries’ economic and security ties were reaching new heights. Mr Trump’s warm words were in stark contrast to the days when he called Mexicans “rapists” and railed against migrants entering the United States illegally.
DONALD TRUMP: Working alongside President Lopez Obrador, we're taking this relationship to new heights and building a powerful economic and security partnership. Together we have addressed many of the most complex issues facing our two countries that really went unresolved for many years.
Our two governments are also in close cooperation to stop the illicit cross-border flow of drugs and guns, cash and contraband and very importantly stopping human trafficking. We're forging critical partnerships across the western hemisphere to combat the cartels and the smugglers and to ensure safe, humane, and lawful migration.
INTERPRETER: As in the best times of our political relationship during my mandate as president of Mexico, instead of remembering this insults or things like that from-- against me, we have received from you, President Trump, understanding and respect. People-- some people thought that our ideological differences would inevitably lead to confrontations. Fortunately, this has not been the case. And I believe that towards the future there will be no motive or need to break our very good political relationship or the friendship between our two administrations.