comScore

Trump Congratulates Leftist President-Elect of Mexico: ‘There is Much to be Done’

President Donald Trump congratulated president elect of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador late Sunday night, after the leftist populist candidate won a landslide victory.

“Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico,” Trump wrote. “I look very much forward to working with him. There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!”

Trump’s public attacks on Mexico and its government have been an embarrassing thorn in the side of current President Enrique Peña Nieto, who will be succeeded by Lopez Obrador at the end of his six-year term.

Despite his reputation as a leftist firebrand (Lopez Obrador is apparently tight with Jeremy Corbyn) the New York Times noted that he has something in common with the U.S. president:

In this way, and others, the parallels between Mr. López Obrador and President Trump are hard to ignore. Both men are tempestuous leaders, who are loath to concede a political fight. Both men lash out at enemies, and view the media with suspicion.

Given the unpopularity of Trump in Mexico, however, don’t expect these warm words to last for very long.

[Photo by Win McNamee/Getty-Images]

Follow Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) on Twitter

Have a tip we should know? [email protected]

Filed Under:

Follow Mediaite:


Aidan McLaughlin is the Editor of Mediaite. Send tips via email: [email protected] Ask for Signal. Follow him on Twitter: @aidnmclaughlin