Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, reprimanded Joe Biden’s administration for financing a group that—according to him—behind its facade of being an anti-corruption organization has a political agenda.
According to US News, citing Reuters, López Obrador sent a diplomatic note requesting the United States to suspend funding to the anti-corruption group called “Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity” (MCCI) for being a group of “coup plotters” willing to undermine and overthrow the government.
The funds are sent to MCCI through the United States Agency for International Development, commonly known as USAID.
“It’s interference, it’s interventionism, it’s promoting coup plotters,” said Lopez Obrador.
“That’s why we’re asking that (the U.S. government) clarifies this for us. A foreign government can’t provide money to political groups,” he added.
After the Mexican president stated his intention to send the diplomatic letter on Thursday, the MCCI posted on Twitter that its work was completely legal.
MCCI lists USAID among its financial backers on its website, which totals more than 1,000 donors.
As neighbors, the U.S. and Mexico have had several ups and downs in their bilateral relations, most notably over the issue of the border wall and illegal immigration across the southern U.S. border.
Relations between the Mexican government and the previous Trump administration came to fruition and made great strides on immigration issues.
Last month, during a morning press conference from the National Palace, López Obrador recounted that when he became President in Dec. 2018, many were betting that he would not get along with Trump.
However, the good relationship between López Obrador and Trump surprised everyone.
The Mexican president pointed out that they managed to understand each other very well and that “the success”—in his own words was due to “mutual respect.”
He mentioned his visit in July last year to Washington D.C.
At that time, he proposed to Trump that they should not talk about the border wall—since both have very different positions—and that they should move forward on other important issues to address the illegal immigrant crisis and other trade agreements.
Let’s remember that, before becoming president, the Mexican politician had been very critical of the Republicans and even published a book titled “Hey, Trump,” in which he defended illegal migrants.
Mutual respect had a positive effect, and that 2020 meeting brought excellent results with important agreements.
In addition, López Obrador was one of the last presidents to recognize Joe Biden’s victory in the disputed Nov. 3 elections.
Having turned the page on his relationship with Trump, the Mexican president insisted that cooperation for development is key to curb the wave of migrants and regretted that Biden’s migratory appeals were taken advantage of “by human traffickers” and that many migrants travel accompanied by minors.
On March 18, the U.S. House of Representatives, controlled by Democrats, approved two controversial immigration reform bills that seek to regularize nearly 4 million undocumented immigrants.
Meanwhile, Republican congress members and Border Patrol chiefs describe the situation at the border as chaotic.
Beyond López Obrador’s apparent surface politeness with the Biden administration, there does not appear to be the same rapport as he had with the Trump administration. As mentioned earlier, the Mexican president was one of the last presidents to recognize Joe Biden as president.
A few days ago, on May 7, in a videoconference on immigration issues, President Biden was “conspicuous by his absence.” In his place, Vice President Kamala Harris met with President López Obrador, and according to what he said on Twitter, it was on “friendly terms.”