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Trump hosts Mexican president on his first foreign visit

Trump hosts Mexican president on his first foreign visit

DPA
Washington/Mexico City
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday hosted Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for his first foreign vist, where the two leaders marked the launch of the new North American trade agreement. Trump said he and Lopez Obrador were elected to “put the interests of our countries first” as the two leaders signed a joint declaration.
Lopez Obrador applauded Trump’s leadership and thanked him for “being increasingly respectful with our Mexican fellowmen” in an apparent nod to Trump’s penchant for verbal attacks.
The visit marks the launch of the new North American free trade deal, known as the USMCA, replacing the NAFTA agreement from the 1990s, which entered into force on July 1. The USMCA was a major early win for Trump, who saw NAFTA as a bad deal for the US. The new agreement updates key parts of NAFTA for the digital era, while also imposing improved labour conditions and reforming sectors like auto manufacturing and dairy.
Lopez Obrador’s first visit abroad since he took office 1.5 years ago is meant to strengthen “the strategic alliance” between the neighbouring countries, which are among each other’s largest trade partners, the Mexican government said.