WASHINGTON – The White House said on Friday that it would consider the possibility that US President Donald Trump attend the Dec. 1 inauguration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as Mexico’s head of state.
“Although we haven’t yet received a formal invitation for President Trump to attend, we will give special consideration to the invitation,” a spokesperson for the National Security Council told EFE on condition of anonymity.
Lopez Obrador said Thursday that Trump “will be invited, although it will depend on his schedule and his decision whether he comes or not.”
“We care about cooperation for development and we share a 3,180-kilometer (1,976 mi) border. Therefore, Trump will be invited,” Lopez Obrador said Thursday during a press conference.
It is not clear if Trump’s schedule will allow him to travel to Mexico, as Lopez Obrador’s inauguration will coincide with the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 G20 Summit in Argentina.
The first direct contact between Lopez Obrador and US government officials will take place on July 13, when he will join incumbent President Enrique Peña Nieto for a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Mexico City.
Despite heightened US-Mexico tensions linked to Trump’s rhetoric on the issue of migrants and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the US president has expressed optimism regarding his future relationship with Lopez Obrador.
“I think the relationship would be a very good one. We’ll see what happens, but I really do believe it’s going to be a very good one,” Trump said on Monday after speaking by phone with the Mexican president-elect.
Lopez Obrador won last Sunday’s elections with 53 percent of the vote after promising to begin a profound transformation of the country to rid it of corruption, violence and inequality.