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Trump Government Moves to Stabilize Relations with Mexico by Retaining Ambassador

LADB Article ID: 80371
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-08-09
By: Carlos Navarro

President Donald Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration, including a proposal to extend a barrier across the US southern border, and his administration’s protectionist policies have contributed to very uneasy relations with Mexico. The Trump administration, however, recently took a step toward stabilizing relations by deciding to keep Roberta Jacobson as US ambassador to Mexico. Jacobson, who was appointed to the position by former US President Barack Obama, is a veteran Latin American expert who has spent more than 30 years in the State Department under two Democratic and four Republican administrations. “In that time, she’s won the respect of Mexico’s leaders and become a trusted interlocutor with Washington,” said Bloomberg news service. The decision to retain Jacobson comes at a crucial time. Mexico, the US, and Canada are preparing to begin talks on reforming the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Aug. 16. Jacobson has staunchly defended the agreement, pointing out that NAFTA has brought “benefits to all three nations.”

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