Normalcy and rationality. Both have gone missing in the U.S.-Mexico relationship during the past 18 months. Nevertheless, an enduring, profound desire to see them prevail in the wake of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s election as Mexico’s next president is leading many to misread the likeliest immediate future for the U.S.-Mexico relationship.
Reasons for optimism that the most important and complex relationship the United States has in the world will return to solid footing are obvious. Most notably, López Obrador has done virtually everything for which the United States could have hoped in the early stages of his transition. After meeting with a high-ranking U.S. government delegation, López Obrador penned a seven-page letter to President Donald Trump that laid out, in large measure, almost all for which any U.S. president could have hoped.
Any U.S. president that is, except the current occupant of the Oval Office.
The above excerpt was originally published in Latin Trade.
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