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Meeting Between Trump and Lopez Obrador Ushers a New Trade Era in North America

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President Donald Trump is hosting Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the White House Wednesday to recognize the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which took effect July 1.

“The relationship between the United States and Mexico has never been closer,” Trump said during the press conference. “Both of our presidential wins focused on giving people the power again.”

Trump said that the relationship between both countries is based on mutual respect. Trump said that the USMCA is the largest trade deal ever made and is thankful for the collaboration Mexico had during the negotiations.

President Lopez Obrador said that this trade deal is a triumph for the three nations and for their people.

“North America is one of the most powerful regions in the world but it is one with the biggest trade deficits,” Lopez Obrador said. “This new deal seeks to reverse by integrating our economies so we can recover the economic presence we have lost in the last five decades.”

Both presidents signed a joint declaration.

The Mexican president left offerings in front of the monument to Abraham Lincoln and the monument to Benito Juárez.

The Mexican delegation includes the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon;  the Mexican ambassador to the United States, Martha Bárcena Coqui, the Secretary of the Economy, Graciela Márquez Colín, the head of the Office of the Presidency, Alfonso Romo Garza;  the head of the President’s Assistantship, Daniel Asaf Manjarrez;  the director-general for North America of the SRE, Roberto Velasco Álvarez;  as well as the head of the Foreign Ministry and the attaché of the Secretary of Economy at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, Alfredo Miranda Ortiz and Gerardo Lameda Díaz Pérez, respectively.

The USMCA is the largest, fairest, and most balanced trade agreement ever negotiated and contains innovative provisions to help increase global economic competitiveness as a region, grow the economy, and support American jobs, including those in manufacturing and agriculture.

Additionally, the USMCA includes groundbreaking provisions to address digital trade, services, small businesses, and more, which will protect America’s competitive edge in technology and innovation.

History of U.S.-Mexico Relationship:

Since 1909, 85 meetings have been held between the Presidents of Mexico and the United States, of which 55 were bilateral; 8 in the framework of trilateral meetings and 22 in multilateral forums.  Of the bilateral meetings, 24 were held in Mexico and 31 in the USA.

In an election year and before the elections in the US, 19 meetings have been held between leaders of both countries.

Among the Mexican presidents who have held meetings with their US counterparts seeking re-election are:

Felipe Calderón, who met with Barack Obama in April and June 2012; Vicente Fox, with George W. Bush in January and March 2004; Carlos Salinas de Gortari, with George H. W. Bush in February, July and October 1992, when NAFTA was signed; Miguel de la Madrid, with Ronald Reagan in May 1984; Luis Echeverría, with RichardNixonenjuniode1972; Adolfo López Mateos, with Lyndon Johnson in September 1964; Adolfo Ruíz Cortines, with Dwight Eisenhower in March 1956.

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