The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, refused this Wednesday to comment on the elections in the United States until the winner is clarified, although he celebrated that the electoral process has not caused “any alteration” to the Mexican economy.
“We cannot comment on anything until the count is finished and the corresponding authority gives the winner. It is a closed election and we cannot give any opinion,” the president said in his morning press conference at the National Palace.
It is not yet clear that the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, favorite in all the polls, is going to wrest the Presidency from Donald Trump, who has already rushed to proclaim himself the winner without knowing the final results.
All eyes are now on the hinge states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.
The Mexican president, of the leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena), predicted that the count “will take longer” and declared: “We have to wait for us.”
“It satisfies me that there is no alteration in the case of our economy,” concluded the president, who said that the dollar is currently being exchanged at 21.15 Mexican pesos, in the same vein as last week.
In 2016, after the electoral victory of Trump, who promised to end the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), in force since 1994, the Mexican peso suffered a historic fall.
Elections in the United States generate enormous expectations in Mexico because of the close commercial relations between the two countries, which share the longest border in the world, and because of thorny issues such as migration or drug trafficking.
Although it appeared that López Obrador was going to face Trump over his treatment of migrants and his promise to build a border wall, both leaders have maintained a good relationship since the Mexican assumed power in 2018.
A better harmony than that of Trump with the previous Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, (2012-2018).
Last July, López Obrador and Trump staged their friendship with a meeting at the White House, the first and only trip of the Mexican president abroad, to celebrate the new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada (T-MEC).
The greatest episode of tension between the two leaders was in May and June 2019, when Trump threatened to impose tariffs on all Mexican exports if Mexico did not stop the caravans of Central American migrants crossing Mexican territory to reach the United States.
The López Obrador government then gave in and deployed thousands of security agents on the border with Guatemala to reduce migration crossings.