Mexican president says migration meeting with Kamala Harris went so well he called her ‘president’

President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Vice President Kamala Harris
President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Vice President Kamala Harris arrive during a private meeting at Palacio Nacional in Mexico City, Mexico, on June 08, 2021.

  • Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador praised Kamala Harris after meeting her this week.
  • “It was such a good meeting that I called her ‘president,'” López Obrador told reporters Wednesday.
  • Harris held in-person meetings with Mexico’s president to discuss the migrant crisis.
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Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador only had words of praise for “extraordinary” Vice President Kamala Harris after the two met to discuss the migration crisis this week, according to Reuters.

“It’s a completely new phase,” López Obrador told reporters during a news conference on Wednesday, Reuters reported. “It was such a good meeting that I called her ‘president.'”

López Obrador also said bilateral relations had broken new ground and that another top Biden administration official would visit next week for more discussions.

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Harris travelled to Guatemala and Mexico earlier this week as part of her efforts to address illegal immigration into the US – a trip she hailed as a success.

However, the vice president came under fire after she told Guatemalan migrants to “not come” to the US, doubling down on the Biden administration’s stance that migrants need to find a legal pathway into the country.

According to CNN, some White House officials were also “quietly perplexed” after Harris defended not yet visiting the US-Mexico border. So far, Harris has not given a date for that visit despite promising she would go in March.

López Obrador’s praise for the vice president offers a stark contrast to his thoughts on Former President Donald Trump, whose administration he once likened to Nazi Germany for its migration policies.

The number of migrants arriving at the US border has spiked since President Joe Biden took office, including hundreds of unaccompanied minors.

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