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Trump Thinks Mexico's President-Elect Will Help US With Border

© Wikimedia Commons / Gage SkidmoreUS President Donald Trump, then candidate Donald Trump, wears a "Make America Great Again" hat at a rally in Arizona.
US President Donald Trump, then candidate Donald Trump, wears a Make America Great Again hat  at a rally in Arizona. - Sputnik International
US President Donald Trump said Monday that he'd had a "great talk" with Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and that he expects the incoming leader of the US' southern neighbor to help with border issues between the two countries.

Speaking to White House reporters, the president said he and Lopez Obrador discussed border security, NAFTA and a separate US-Mexico trade deal. He said he expected relations between the two countries to be very good, and praised Mexico's Sunday election. 

Trump said they two had had a thirty minute conversation, during which he commended Lopez Obrador's strong showing in the election. "I think he's going to try to help us with the border," the president said. "We have unbelievably bad border laws, immigration laws… and Mexico has very strong immigration laws, so they can help us until we straighten out our immigration laws."

Presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador delivers his victory speech in Mexico City's main square, the Zocalo, late Sunday, July 1, 2018. - Sputnik International
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Trump's comments came as he welcomed Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to the White House for talks. 

Trump's relationship with Mexico has been rocky since before he took office, suggesting Mexican immigrants to the US were rapists, drug dealers and criminals during the campaign and promising to build a "beautiful wall" between the two nations to prevent illegal immigration. The president has struggled to get financing to build the promised wall, however. 

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